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Hooker Valley Track in Mt Cook

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Hooker Valley Track walk has to be one of the best day walks we’ve done in Mt Cook. Huge snow capped mountains – just awesome. It’s a 5.5 km easy return walk that will take you about 1 hour 30 mins on a great track. The views of Mueller Glacier, Hooker Lake and Aoraki/Mount Cook are just stunning.

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island NZ
        • Distance: 5.50 kms
        • Time needed: 1 Hour 30 Minutes One Way
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 877m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: No
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    walking below the Mt Cook Range and sitting beside the Hooker Glacier Lake and watching the Ice floating by.

  • Track Quality

    Except for all the rocks on the track it was a very enjoyable walk.
    A warm jacket and a hot coffee would have made the day.

  • Hazards

    Getting caught out in bad weather

  • Transport

    No

  • Water

    At the Hermitage camp ground

  • Driving Instructions

    Unknown

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The Hermitage has takeaway and a small store for the campers.

  • Area & Track History

    Mt Cook National Park is 70,111-hectare Park.
    The Southern Alps was set up as a reserve in 1885 and 1887, but it was Not recognized as a national park until 1953
    Mt Cook National Park has an average rainfall: 4000 mm a year, 149 days of rain days P/y, 1528 hours of sunshine P/Y and a Temperature of around -10° C to 30° C
    The first people to try and climb Mount Cook, was an Irishman and two Swiss men in 1882. 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, 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.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Hooker Glacier Lake Walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Hooker Glacier Walk

As you drive up to the Hermitage village take the road to the right out to the Hooker Valley and camp ground. The track will be easy to find, just follow all the other walkers.

Point 2: Stocking Shelter & Toilet

The walk starts off on a well maintained track, but that was short lived.
It only took us 35 minutes to reach the first swing bridge, then the track turned to rocks and more rocks. Just before the swing bridge is the turn off to Mueller lake, we started the Hooker walk at 1500h so not to miss out on the sun light shining on Hooker lake we gave Mueller lake a miss.
The view looking up the Hooker valley was so spectacular You forget to look were you are putting your feet, hence the sore toes at the end of the walk.
Swing bridge number two was just as spectacular, if only the Hooker river was in flood.
From this swing bridge to Stocking Shelter was only 15 minutes of rocks.

Point 3: Hooker Lake

20 minutes of walking over even bigger rocks will see you at the Hooker Glacier Lake, Fantastic.
Make sure you get to the Hooker Lake before you lose the sun otherwise you might freeze

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Hooker Valley Track, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

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