Hooker Valley Track, NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand

One of the most popular walks in the park, the track leads up the Hooker valley towards Aoraki/Mount Cook. It passes close to the Alpine Memorial (a great viewpoint) and Freda’s Rock before coming to the viewing point of the Mueller Glacier and the first swing bridge.

Cross the Hooker River here and carry on to the second swing bridge. Look out for many different wildflowers along the way, including celmisia and the Mount Cook buttercup/kopukupuku.

The track from the first swing bridge to the second travels between old moraine ridges and humps. Past the second bridge, the vegetation changes to more open tussock and a wider valley floor. A third swing bridge leads to the East Hooker and the source of the Hooker River. The track ends at the glacier lake, where there are amazing views to be had of Aoraki/Mount Cook, Hooker Glacier and the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana.

Return the same way, enjoying more views down valley and across to the Sealy Range.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities

Getting there

Start across the road at the DOC visitor centre or at White Horse Hill campground and carpark.

Route/Trail notes

Picturesque icebergs, glaciers and majestic mountains will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.

The full Hooker Valley walk takes 4 hours return. Start at the Visitor Centre or White Horse Hill campground/carpark (at the end of Hooker Valley Rd off State Highway 80). The track leads up the Hooker Valley, along the Hooker River and ends at the glacier lake, where there are amazing views of Aoraki/Mount Cook on a clear day.

The Hooker Valley track is mostly flat and well formed but some sections are  rocky or muddy, and there are three swing bridges to cross. Be prepared for changeable weather conditions.

Other References

http://www.newzealand.com/au/feature/hooker-valley-track/

Hooker Valley Track (Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te ...

Aoraki/Mount Cook village walking tracks: Walking and tramping in Aoraki/Mount ...

Comments

Well-maintained walk, stunning in any weather. Gentle gradients only, and would recommend for any fitness level.

kodama on Nov, 2018

Just stunning, as are all the walks in Mt Cook NP. We had stunning weather, which helped!

Hugues Debeyser on 28 Dec, 2015

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