Mueller Hut Route

Mueller Hut Route, Mt. Cook Village: Address, Phone Number, Mueller Hut Route Reviews: 5/5

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Pippi1980
Invercargill, New Zealand26 contributions
Mueller Hut Day Hike
Feb. 2021 • Solo
I live in Southland NZ, this hike had been on my bucket list for a few years but I needed to work it around work and wanted weather conditions to my liking, (sunny, cloudless, no forecast rain, no strong winds and warm!) Decided nearly a week out leaving home 18th Feb, hiking on the 19th and returning home the 20th Feb the weather forecast looked awesome and stayed that way luckily! Highs of 28 celcius with sun, no cloud at the Village each day and probably near 20 when I was at the hut!
I walked return from the Hermitage, it took me 9 hours but I took many gazing and photo stops! I took nearly 5 litres of water, warm clothes, waterproof layers and a bit of food, good camera as well as phone so it felt like an overnight pack!
I was extremely lucky with the weather, not sure I would have enjoyed it so much if the boulders were cold, slippery and wet. Going downhill over the rocks and boulders were what I found toughest, I was looking forward to going down the stairs. Knees started to hurt a bit after a third of way down stairs so a bit of a hobble to bottom but wasn't too sore from this hike and loved it!!! Recommend!!!
Written 15 March 2021
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Hank6
Palmerston North, New Zealand43 contributions
Definitely do it!
Jan. 2021
We tried to change our booking because of poor weather forecast. But at DOC centre they recommended hanging on. So pleased we did - we went up on improved forecast and had a fantastic day. We are averagely fit 59-year olds and managed it OK.
Written 21 January 2021
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Trent C
Wellington, New Zealand30 contributions
Great run if you can stay upright
Jul. 2020 • Solo
I ran to Sealy Tarns in the evening. There was light snow, but the steps weren’t too frozen to run on. This route would be very weather dependent - if it is icy you will need crampons.

Great views from the Tarns, but definitely not for those who are mobility impaired.
Written 9 July 2020
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Dorota BJ
Munkebo, Denmark250 contributions
Wonderful but Challanging Hike
Mar. 2020
Stairs to hell that what my husband said about first part of hike to Saily terns. After that it really get worse- loose rocks and slippery sand but views are really rewarding. Chllanging but doable hike in within estimated time. Take plenty of water and chocolate.
Written 13 April 2020
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Soccermike1015
Asheville, NC1,933 contributions
Tough Hike
Feb. 2020
This was a difficult hike for me but I'm 66 and in good shape, the views are great and well worth the effort, take plenty of water and snacks !
Written 2 April 2020
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suzieFortCollins
Fort Collins871 contributions
A Grunt
Jan. 2020 • Couples
The hike to the hut is first 2,200 stairs then another 3 miles straight up scree and rock to the hut. If you are staying at the hut it is fine BUT not worth the hike just to see hut. The Sealy tarns hike is along the way about 6 miles RT. BUT beware you have to hike up the 2200 stairs to get to the tarn,the hut is 3 miles up pass the tarn. Do not be fooled this is a difficult hike not for the average tourist. Great views from the tarns
Written 18 February 2020
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Leo S
Upper Hutt, New Zealand30 contributions
New Zealand Trip
Jan. 2020 • Solo
Magnificent views but hard going to reach the top. ( Younger viewers may find it easier though.) My legs were aching as I climbed but even worse a day later until properly stretched. Wish I'd have booked to stay overnight but already booked up when enquired.
Written 19 January 2020
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mccaldy
Liverpool, UK14 contributions
Challenging but doable day hike!
Jan. 2020 • Friends
I completed this day hike as an inexperienced but averagely fit 59 year old!
Great views, and well worth the effort!
Plenty of water to replenish at Mueller hut so keep hydrated on the way up. Enjoy.
Written 15 January 2020
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ElaineXon
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
Amazing Hut and Track
Jun. 2019 • Friends
This track and hut is amazing, it took us about 3.5 - 4 hours to reach the top, it was hard coming up trough all the steps but then surreal hiking trough the snow. The hut is well maintained and there is two long drop toilets at the top.
Written 5 January 2020
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Ian G
6 contributions
GB's Hiking
Dec. 2018 • Friends
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is exceptionally impressive, on a clear day even more so. Driving alongside Lake Pukaki to the end of the valley you encounter Mt Cook Village, in peak season it is swelling with tourists eager to breath in the fresh alpine air and gaze up at the numerous high mountain peaks.
It truly is an enriching and humbling site.
Once I had located a rare empty car park space, I loaded on my pack and headed up the steep track towards Mueller Hut (which must be booked in advance).
The first part of the ascent is approximately 1000 steps neatly cut into the side of the mountain, after an hour or so you reach Sealy Tarns where you can sit and stare at the world below and all around, Mt Cook was in clear view all day as was every other mountain range, Peak, Glacier & Valley for as far as the eye could see. It was hot climbing but you chill down fairly quickly once you're idle.
The next half of the climb was up through loose scree, boulders, ice and snow so a lot more technical and difficult, but follow the "orange" poled route (or other hikers carefully as loose material tends to tumble down a bit). Once you reach the top of the ridge you follow the markers around the corner and "rock hop" for a few hundred metres which is an easy incline and very soon you'll see "Mueller Hut" perched on a ridge at 1800m elevation about 1km ahead.
As you're hiking along, every 15 minutes or so there is a thunderous roar from Mt Sefton to the West across the Mueller Glacier as another avalanche descends down the shear face of Mt Sefton.
The last few hundred metres to Mueller Hut is across firm packed snow (this is summer). 3.5hrs hiking....not bad for an old boy.
The Hut sleeps 28 people in communal bunks so don't be shy. The view from the large deck is crazy good, you want to scream and beat your chest, totally breathtaking. In every direction is a postcard picture. You even have Kea's (alpine parrots) sharing the deck with you. At 2am I ventured out onto the deck with a full moon and perfectly clear sky and I could still see all the mountain peaks including Mt Cook right in my face as clear as a bell.
This is the closest I've ever been to heaven, I wanted to move here permanently.
The effort was worth it and this is just a small taste of what the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park has to offer.
Someone please pinch me it can't be real.
Written 7 July 2019
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