Hooker Valley Track

Hooker Valley Track, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Hooker Valley Track
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Stu T
Tauranga, New Zealand159 contributions
Spectacular!
Oct. 2021
I've been meaning to do this for years, and it seemed an opportune time without international tourists. However, I un-wisely picked a long weekend, so it was very busy with Kiwis. That said, I'm sure it would be worse once the border opens and the hordes come pouring in.

The walk was great. It was about 3 hours as advertised, but we took much longer. We stopped for lunch and plenty of breaks to just soak it in. We were over 5 hours in total.

But the walk itself was easy, with only minor slopes and mostly flat. The swing bridges are fun.

The view of Mount Cook is amazing.

The Hooker Lake is icy cold and we even watched some small icebergs get swept into the river and head off downstream.

There's not much to see of glacier itself these days, it's a long way from the end of the lake.

Our kids are a bit older (9 and 12) and I saw many young kids struggling with the length of the walk. But if you have little kids, you could just go to the first or second bridge and back.

I'd advise against trying to do the full thing if your kids are small. We ended up helping one lady whose 5 year old had run out of puff. I carried her the last 30mins back as the mother was struggling to do so.

Would definitely recommend, and I hope to be back again some day.
Written 27 October 2021
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ZenShell
Christchurch, New Zealand98 contributions
Unmissable walk
Oct. 2021
One of my absolute fav walks - done at Sunrise in Oct - magical, quiet but defo still need insect repellant.

Clear as can be & so many lovely views. Easy walk with some steps & incline but excellent graded path.
Written 25 October 2021
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Carlo L
Dunedin, New Zealand762 contributions
Decent 10km walk, absolutely worth it
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Definitely a good walk, regardless of the season, whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, I’ve done it on all seasons. Magnificent views but just dress accordingly, and bring water and food if you get hungry quickly. Decent 10km walk with enough gradient to not cause much fatigue.
Written 4 July 2021
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Quinn G
1 contribution
Terrible
Sep. 2020
I cant believe it... I walked 3 long hours and i didn't see a single hooker!

I'm confident to say i'll never be coming back
Written 19 May 2021
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Ian S
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand15 contributions
Great walk
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Although the weather wasn’t fantastic it didn’t really matter as the walk was really memorable and well worth it. Even if you think you aren’t super fit you can take your time and enjoy the scenery. Sneakers are ok but tramping boots or shoes are better.
Written 16 April 2021
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cassandraw224
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
If you arrive at Mt Cook and its fine - do the walk straight away
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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Natalie A
Rotorua, New Zealand121 contributions
Stunning
Apr. 2021 • Solo
I am so happy I decided to do this walk soon after checking into our accommodation as the weather was beautiful and warm and the next day we woke up to rain. I decided to start the walk from our hotel (The Hermitage) which added an extra 3.5kms to the 10.5km walk. There is a good track that starts at the hotel & connects to the Hooker Valley track and is well sign posted. The whole track is very easy, suitable for all fitness abilities. Some stunning views as you make your way to Hooker Lake. When you get to the lake there are tables at the top, ideal for a picnic or rest break. You can also walk down to the lake side. Definitely a must do if you are in the Mt Cook area.
Written 9 April 2021
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Naomi
Wellington, New Zealand21 contributions
Beautiful views with glacier lake at the end
Feb. 2021 • Solo
This is a lovely, largely flat walk with beautiful views. It’s a well marked track with three swing bridges.
Written 4 March 2021
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Tony Walker
Rangiora, New Zealand340 contributions
A comfortable walk among the mountains
Feb. 2021
Compared to a few years ago the relatively easy and well-formed track has been upgraded with new boardwalks, and the two "swing" bridges re-built. Great views of the Mueller Glacier lake, Mt.Cook, Mt.Sefton, and the ranges in-between. Choose a fine day to make the most of the magnificent scenery.
Written 22 February 2021
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VickiBrooklyn
Motueka, New Zealand76 contributions
Easy walking track
Jan. 2021
Easy walking track and amazing swing bridges. They are building a new toilet (with a view) which will be great when completed. The kea near the lake were noisy and playful with their mates.
Written 31 January 2021
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