Best Mt Cook Walks

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is rugged, a land of ice & glaciers, rocks & mountains with a stunning alpine environment where you can walk or hike without being a climber. 

You’ll find a list of all our Mt Cook walks & hiking tracks below. Walks are listed randomly and include all the info you’ll need. There are track highlights, history, track quality, elevation, length, time needed and a personal run down on what we think about the walk.

Mt Cook National Park is an inspiring place to explore with walks from 10 mins to 5 hours or days.

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Stunning floating icebergs in Hooker Lake
Stunning floating icebergs in Hooker Lake

Check out the Glaciers on your walks

There are five major valley systems with glaciers in Mt Cook National Park: GodleyMurchisonTasmanHooker and Mueller. There are also over 150 named smaller hanging glaciers on the mountainsides, which add to the dramatic landscape.

Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest and longest glacier, is clearly visible from the main road at the entrance of the park. It is 27 kilometres long, up to 3 kilometres wide and extends over 100 square kilometres. Although covered with rock material in its lower reaches, the ice of the Tasman is about 600 metres deep near the Hochstetter icefall.

List of all walks in Mt Cook National Park

The Ball Hut Route track takes you along the length of the Tasman Lake in New Zealand (1)

Ball Hut Route

15.6 km • 8 hours • Medium
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Looking out over the Ball Pass Crossing in Mt Cook, New Zealand

Ball Pass Crossing

35 km • 3 days • Expert
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Bowen Bush Walk - Mt Cook

Bowen Bush Walk

0.2 km • 10-15 minutes • Very easy
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Glencoe Walk in Mt Cook National Park - South Island - New Zealand - Copyright

Glencoe Walk

0.5 km • 30 minutes • Easy, though steep
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Looking out over Mount Wakefield and Mount Cook, New Zealand

Governors Bush Walk

1.5 km • 1 hour • Easy
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Hooker Valley Track in front with snow capped mountains in the background, just beautiful

Hooker Valley Track, Mount Cook

As we hiked the Hooker Valley Track, we saw snow-capped mountains, crossed three swing bridges, and marveled at a glacier lake with floating icebergs!
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People walking along Kea Point Track at Mt Cook, New Zealand

Kea Point Track

2.8 km or 5.6 km • 1-2 hours • Easy
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Stunning view of Mueller Hut in Mt Cook

Mueller Hut Route

10.4 km • 8 hours • Difficult
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Reflection of Mt Cook on the Red Tarns track, New Zealand

Red Tarns Track

4 km • 2 hours • Medium
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Stunning views over the Sealy Tarns Track at Mt Cook, New Zealand

Sealy Tarns Track

5.8 km • 4 hours • Difficult
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Sunrise at Tasman Lake in the Mt Cook region -

Tasman Lake Track

2.5 km • 1 hour return • Very easy • Located in Mt Cook National Park, South Island
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Tasman Glacier Lake lookout point with lots of other people

The Tasman Glacier Lake Lookout Track

0.7 km • 40 mins round trip • Medium • A popular hiking trail located in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on the South Island of ...
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