Kea Point

South Island NZ
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This walk gently winds its way through sub-alpine grasslands and scrub to the Mueller Glacier moraine wall. The track passes through a landscape that was formed in 1913 when a stream cut through from the glacier to the original Hermitage site, damaging the building. The walk ends at a viewing deck that gives stunning views of Mount Sefton, The Footstool, Hooker Valley, Mueller Glacier Lake and Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Lookouts
Heritage Sites
Picnic Facilities
BBQ
Toilets
No Dogs Permitted
Alpine
843m
Maximum Elevation
70m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Mt Cook Village, take Hooker Valley Road up to the DOC White Horse Hill Campground and car park. Alternatively, you can pick up the Kea Point Track from opposite the entrance of the Hermitage Hotel on Terrace Road, which will increase the walk to 5.6km return.

Maps:

Aoraki - Mt Cook Walking Tracks

Route/Trail notes:

The track is signposted from the top of the car park and is well formed, as it meanders up the valley through the scrub and up and over the moraine to the viewing deck.

Return by the same route.

Permits/Costs:

None.

Other References/Comments:

As with most South Island towns, there are always numerous tracks in and around the area. In this case most notably are the Hooker Valley Track, Red Tarns and Blue Lakes.

GPS Tracks

Comments

The morning drive up Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook was fantastic, so the afternoon walk up to Kea Point was a bonus as we got in under Mount Sefton. The crack and then rumbling of avalanches from high up on the mountain was a little scary however. I was so taken in by the scenery, I can't remember much about the actual walk!

F.A.B. on 17 Mar, 2020

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