Mt Cook New Zealand

Hooker Valley Track and Its Views of Mt Cook

Julie New Zealand 5 Comments

For more amazing New Zealand views, do not miss the Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki/Mt Cook. Located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak. It is best seen by helicopter or airplane flight but since we had recently blown the budget in Queenstown our feet were stuck on the ground, at least for the near future.

The cheapest and easiest way to get terrific views of Mt Cook is by walking the Hooker Valley Track. Advertised as one of the best walks in New Zealand, a walk is all it really is. We were hoping for a hiking trail, with boulders, rocky trails, and some challenging terrain to cross. Instead, we walked along perfectly groomed gravel trails and boardwalks over marshy areas.

Tyler and Kara were rather bored with this hike. They were ready for rock scrambles and steep ascents, things New Zealand has not been delivering on so far.

The Hooker Valley Track, an easy walking trail that can be done in three to four hours round trip, is still very worthwhile, even though Tyler and Kara may not agree. We had a fabulous day with hardly a cloud in the sky, perfect for seeing the Mt Cook peak. Tim and I appreciated the views and another chance to get out and get some exercise. Maybe next time we come back we will go helihiking…Tyler and Kara may actually find this interesting.

Driving to Mt Cook

Sheep Mt Cook

Tyler Rivenbark

Hooker Valley Track Mt Cook

Hiking Hooker Valley Track New Zealand

Bridge Hooker Valley Track

Walking Hooker Valley Track to Mt Cook

Earth Trekkers

Hiking to Mt Cook

Mt Cook Hooker Valley Track

About the Hooker Valley Track

The Hooker Valley Track is located in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. It is a 5 km track with only 80 meters of climbing. The trail is a mixture of gravel paths and boardwalks. It is more of a walk than a hike, great for people of all ages and fitness levels. The entire walk takes between 3 and 4 hours, including stops for photos and views of the lake with Mt Cook in the background.

For more on the hike, go to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation website. 

Post updated February 2018.


 

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Hooker Valley Track New Zealand

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      Most of the trail is either well-groomed gravel paths or boardwalks. It’s also relatively flat. But there are sections of steps and short climbs. While I think it is possible to do the Hooker Track with a stroller, it may be easier to carry your child in a child carrier/backpack. Cheers! – Julie

      1. Thank you Julie. We will carry the kids in our carriers.

        Have you done other tracks? I was interested in Tasman Valley walk as well.

        Kind Regards,
        Vinicius

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