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The Tasman Glacier Lake Walk

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Mt Cook National Park is a 70,111 hectare Park.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Mt Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 20 mins
        • Distance: .7 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 800m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: April, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    Good views of the Tasman Glacier Lake and North along the Mount Cook Rangers

  • Track Quality

    Very Stony track to start off, then larger rocks at the top.

  • Hazards

    Can be very cold in winter so take a very warm jacket.

  • Transport

  • Water

    The Hermitage has a small shop and a bar.

  • Driving Instructions

    The Tasman Glacier Lake is only 8 Km drive from the Hermitage and the Hooker Glacier walk, a walk you must do.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The Hermitage has hot takeaway food and a small store for the over night campers and a fully licence Restaurant and Bar for those with more money to spend.

  • Area & Track History

    Mt Cook National Park is a 70,111 hectare Park.
    The Southern Alps was set up as a reserve in 1885, but it was Not recognized as a national park until 1953
    Mt Cook National Park has an average rainfall of 4000 mm a year, 149 days of rain Per year, 1528 hours of sunshine Per year and a Temperature of around -10° C to 30° The first people to try and climb Mount Cook, was an Irishman and two Swiss men in 1882, But it took three kiwis to reach the summit of Mt Cook in 1894.
    There are about 40 species of birds in Mt Cook National Park are found in the park, and you will know about the mountain parrot or better known as the kea As you walk up to the Hooker glacier and look at the water flowing past you, Think about that hot shower and hot meal you had last night. The electricity came from this water after it flowed into one of the largest hydro storage lakes in the south island, Lake Pukaki. The Tasman, Murchison and Mueller glaciers also flow in to this Lake.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    Camping only at the Hermitage campground

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Map of Test Walk

Here is the map for Test Walk showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

Tasman Glacier Lake Lookout

It is a very dusty and rough 7.5km drive to the Tasman Lake carpark form the main road, then a little rocky climb to the lookout.
We saw people boating around Tasman Lake and that was that.
we were packed in like sardines at the lookout and the racket the people were making spoiled the day, so we took off back to the truck for some peace and quite and a hot coffee.

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Tasman Glacier, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

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