Kea Point Track

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Starting off Terrace Road near the Hermitage Hotel, hop down a short flight of steps and over a stream and start your walk through the subalpine grasslands that is native to Aoraki Mount Cook.

The first half hour or 40 minutes is a windy flat path that alternates between wooden walkways and rock/gravel. You will walk through patches of forest, only to emerge to vistas of the surrounding mountains, and back again. You may also have to walk through a stream after heavy rain. During dry seasons, this area is simply a rock bed. 

As you continue on, you will reach a map, after which the path widens until you reach where the path divides with the Sealy Tarns and Mueller Hut tracks. Following the Kea Point Track on the right, the vegetation will change and the track will begin to incline. The incline is not steep but rises steadily. The path eventually leads to what appears to be a hole in the middle of a rock wall. Emerging on the other side of this, you will be able to see the viewpoint, from which you can gaze at Mueller Lake and Mount Cook in the background.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Mt Cook, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 2 hours from the village OR 1 hour from White Horse Hill Campground
  • Distance: 5.6 km OR 2.8 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Bikes allowed: No
  • Route: Return
  • Elevation: 180m over 3km
  • Wet Feet: Yes, after snow or heavy rain. If starting from the village after heavy rain, the stream to cross can be deep.
  • Toilets: There are toilets in the village at the public shelter or the Hermitage Hotel. The campground also has toilets.
  • Dogs: No, dogs are not allowed in the Mount Cook National Park
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
  • Last Updated: April, 2020

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