Hooker Valley Track
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  • Tour39181692184
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the walk
    We did this with our own car (Suzuki swift) and easy enough to do. It’s a big day we left Queenstown at 6am arrived at 9am to start the walk. It’s cold but the walk warms you, take a rain coat (example Kathmandu) of the weather is misty rain you will get wet. The walk took us a little over an hour each way, the track is well made. The views are amazing along the way so so beautiful we even got to see Glaciers. We also took some snacks and drinks in a back pack.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • wilson o
    Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing track with high reward to effort ratio
    Amazing views all the way, with various interesting milestones (eg swing bridges) to keep track of progress. Well paved road, and minimal gradient. Was a comfortable walk and felt energized despite the walk taking approximately 3 hours (with picture taking). Highly recommend, though come in the off season to avoid the crowds
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Pippa H
    London, United Kingdom82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views but very crowded
    Really gorgeous views all the way alongs of rivers and glacial lakes. Pretty flat easy walk, takes about 2-3 hours. Went at the weekend and it was pretty crowded around lunchtime, would advise to go earlier/later in the day to avoid walking in a pack.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • JulietteS934
    Reigate, United Kingdom111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can't go to Mount Cook without doing this
    Great trail. Its quite busy, so get there around 9 to park. Any later it is more tricky or, if staying at the village, pick up the track from opposite The Hermitage Hotel. Pops an extra 45 mins onto the walk. The scenery is fantastic. If sunny, the heat is fierce, so plaster up with suncream and wear a hat and take plenty of water. The walk itself is fine for those who are reasonably fit, but we saw some people struggling. Just bear on mind that it is a 6 mile walk. In terms of facilities, there is a public shelter in the car park at the start which has toilets and water. There are toilets half way up the track which really should be used only if you are desperate! At the end, there is Lake Hooker with a stony beach, ice blue water and a few icebergs, their tips just popping out of the water! Seen nothing like it before. A must do!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Brigette
    Australia437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This must be one of the best day track in the world !
    We were stationed at Tekapo and drove 1.5hr to Mt Cook. Start early and arrive no later than 10am because the carpark at the white horse hill camp ground (Google this for location) can be quite crowded in summer. Despite the gloomy weather forecast we were lucky with the weather and got sunburnt. So bring sun protection and also rain gear because it’s unpredictable. The camp has toilet and visitor centers. The track is immaculately kept, some sections almost looked like landscaped native gardens to me, the boardwalks looked very new. There are three suspension bridges across turquoise glacial rivers, they are safe but be careful as we saw people lost their balance if distracted eg taking photos. The track is 90% flat and 10% has some steeper steps. We saw 5-6yr olds around but need supervision in some areas. There is a toilet halfway along the track, and some nice benches for picnics. We saw and heard thundering avalanches quite frequently. Lots of quaint alpine flowers. Photographers paradise indeed. Some areas even have mobile phone reception. At the end there is a glacial lake - can walk along the shores on a calm day. Bring packed lunches and bring your trash with you when you leave. Love NZ
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 December 2023
  • netti
    Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hooker Valley Heaven
    This was an amazing walk. We started at 6am and would highly recommend an early start as it gets way busier around 9am (as we were returning to camp). As we started so early we barefoot saw anyone at all. Just all round stunning scenery, easy to follow paths. The group of Keas at the end of the path at the lake were gorgeous. Please don’t feed them however. The diverse flora was just gorgeous as well. This 10km walk was quite an easy walk and took us the 3 hrs suggested (however the time did include sitting and enjoying the view and the keas for 40 mins at the lake). Highly recommended
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Rebecca
    Adelaide, Australia2,219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This one’s scenic and easy, very popular
    Because it’s so easily accessible for all fitness levels it’s also busy, but im that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. It’s a really delightful walk with 3 swing bridges and lots of places to stop and take in the views. The glacier pool at the end is amusing, bits of glacier floating in the murky waters and ducks randomly. Good place to sit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 January 2024
  • kaidia2017
    Brisbane, Australia523 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Views
    A must do when in the area. Very easy walk even for an amateur like myself. Views of the scenery are absolutely spectacular. We went in the summer months so a day pack with snacks and water is fine. We started around 8:30am when it was reasonably less crowded, however on our way back there were more people coming through. There are toilet facilities at the start but be mindful there may not be paper. There is another toilet maybe at the halfway mark. Really enjoyed the entire experience. Would recommend
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Stephanie M
    Sechelt, Canada436 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Do Hike
    On our 4th visit to New Zealand we finally got the chance to walk the Hooker Valley Track. The staff at the Hermitage recommended doing this either early in the morning or late in the afternoon because it gets very busy when bus loads of tourists arrive to walk it. So we headed out in the morning about 9am and there were already a few people but it wasn't crowded. The clouds were pretty thick but we headed out hoping that they would clear away at some point. Crossing the first bridge we could hear glaciers cracking and sliding in the distance, but not visible. The pathway is well maintained and so the walking is easy/moderate. It took us about an hour to get to the Lake and we stopped often to take photos. Shortly after we arrived at the lake the clouds parted and we had a magnificent view of Mount Cook. We enjoyed some time just taking in the view and then started back. Our walk back was a lot more crowded as many people headed towards the lake. We were glad to have come early. This walk is an absolute must if you are visiting the South Island NZ. Well worth the drive to get there.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Rebekah L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family friendly for 18 month old - not stroller compatible
    Great trail! Not suitable for strollers/prams with several sets of stairs and narrow portions of trail. We took our 18 month old and were able to carry him. I would advise arriving before 9:30 am to beat the rush.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2024
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Travelove58
15,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This trek is highly popular judging by the packed carpark. Even many families with young kids were here - this gives an indication it will be an easy & friendly trek.

The view of snowed top Mt Cook amidst other non-snowed mountains was amazing. Very picturesque. Extremely beautiful!

The trek was mostly on level ground with beautiful streams & mountains abound as one moves on.

Also few "shaking" suspension bridges added to the fun. However, warning signs at entrances of the bridge warned of maximum 20 people at any time. The bridges are quite long & at anyone time, there were definitely more than 20 people. Some worried tourists were "waiting" at the entrance not sure if safe to proceed.

However, it was super hot this day & as this very long trek is fully exposed to the scorching sun, the long walk wasn't that enjoyable & becomes unbearable.

Would be better to come here in Spring or during cooler temperatures.
Written 28 February 2020
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netti
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was an amazing walk. We started at 6am and would highly recommend an early start as it gets way busier around 9am (as we were returning to camp). As we started so early we barefoot saw anyone at all.
Just all round stunning scenery, easy to follow paths. The group of Keas at the end of the path at the lake were gorgeous. Please don’t feed them however. The diverse flora was just gorgeous as well.
This 10km walk was quite an easy walk and took us the 3 hrs suggested (however the time did include sitting and enjoying the view and the keas for 40 mins at the lake). Highly recommended
Written 4 January 2024
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jrdh
636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a straightforward walk over about 3 hours that afford spectacular views. We started fairly early at 8am and pleased we did to avoid the crowds. Great views all the way up and down... And in particular at the final point of the walk.
Written 20 February 2020
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Tracey F
Auckland, New Zealand47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
If you want an easy walk to view glaciers, lakes, rivers, and now covered mountains, which we done in a round trip in approximately 2.5hours, then this is the walk for you. There were a couple of reasons with stairs, but it is mostly a flat, easy walk with incredible views. W did have to be prepared with weatherproof jackets as pockets of the walk, such as crossing the first swing bridge in the shde during the morning in moderate winds, was chilly, with the wind cutting right through to the core. However once we were in the sun and sheltered by the mountains, it became quite warm and were peeling layers off. We were surprised that some people chose to do the walk in jandels/sandels which I wouldn't recommend due to some areas being water logged (due to the rain the day & night before) but this can be navigated by walking around if able, or on the protruding stones. Also be prepared to take any rubbish back with you, as there are no rubbish bins and there is only a small picnic area at the end. This is a truly majestic experience and we are so happy to have experienced this beautiful landscape and part of the world.
Written 19 November 2020
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Malibu55
Shanghai, China59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This was a highlight of our month in NZ, the views live up to the hype and should be on your must do list for a trip to NZ.

The hike was easy enough, the path is very rocky so best to wear a more durable pair of hiking in shoes rather than tennis shoes or something less supportive.

A surprise were the number of bridge crossing, fun to cross and great for photos.

Parking lot was pretty full at 10:30 a.m so for summer travel it would be better to arrive on the earlier side.

Bring a snack to enjoy at the lake at the end of the trail and allow 2 to 3 hours for the hike.
Written 5 July 2023
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cassandraw224
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This had beevien on our wish list to do for a while. We tackled it on an afternoon that kicked up a blustery head wind which made some of the swing bridge crossings (there are 3 of them), interesting. The wind certainly made the walk a challenge and it took us 2 hours to walk in and 1 hour to walk out. There was a lot of track maintenance being done at this time with the making of new tracks and steps, but the steps weren't totally finished. The toilets with a view were interesting. The end point at the glacier lake was beautiful with its own icebergs. The views along the way of Mt Cook were stunning. Unfortunately we couldn't stay long at the lake as the wind was high and cold. Glad to have done it though as the weather packed in the next day and people walking the track would have reduced visibility and views of Mt Cook.
Written 15 April 2021
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Sheryl M
Edmond, OK1,782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We were in Mt. Cook for only two days, both of which were rainy. However, being adventurous and knowing you can't control the weather, we opted for this hike. We had heard from the locals (and read reviews) that it was worth the time and a good half day walk. We took our time, stopping for photos along the way and at the half way point/lake ; it took us about 4 hours. Definitely beautiful! A fond memory.
Written 1 January 2020
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JSWTeng
Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The views on the journey are spectacular. I am keen to go back in winter when the mountains are covered in more snow. There were many children on the track when we went, none of them appeared to be fazed by the walk but they have newer knees than me, and energy-level that is at least 10 times more than me.

I would recommend anyone who can walk/stroll comfortably for an hour to attempt this track. Take your time, stop and rest when you need, and ENJOY the absolutely stunning views this track has to offer.
Written 30 January 2022
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Stephanie M
Sechelt, Canada436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
On our 4th visit to New Zealand we finally got the chance to walk the Hooker Valley Track. The staff at the Hermitage recommended doing this either early in the morning or late in the afternoon because it gets very busy when bus loads of tourists arrive to walk it. So we headed out in the morning about 9am and there were already a few people but it wasn't crowded. The clouds were pretty thick but we headed out hoping that they would clear away at some point. Crossing the first bridge we could hear glaciers cracking and sliding in the distance, but not visible. The pathway is well maintained and so the walking is easy/moderate. It took us about an hour to get to the Lake and we stopped often to take photos. Shortly after we arrived at the lake the clouds parted and we had a magnificent view of Mount Cook. We enjoyed some time just taking in the view and then started back. Our walk back was a lot more crowded as many people headed towards the lake. We were glad to have come early. This walk is an absolute must if you are visiting the South Island NZ. Well worth the drive to get there.
Written 30 January 2024
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Michelle
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very impressive, well built track. Easily accessible, although depending on your age and condition I wouldn't necessarily class the track as "easy". In places there are many steps as well as a slight incline. The swing bridges are very sturdy but to the novelist could be daunting and a little scary. There is also a sign with a limit of people to be on them, nobody took any notice!! A disaster waiting to happen.

The scenery was spectacular. The day we went was clear blue skies with the warm sun beating down, an added bonus. The photo opportunities were endless. Take a big bottle of water, a hat, depending on the season and wear good walking shoes. Allow a good 3 hours if you want to enjoy the sights. Well worth a visit!!
Written 15 March 2020
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