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Aoraki/Mt Cook Hooker Valley Hike

Duration: Full Day
Time: 8am to 6pm
Inclusions: Hotel transfers and private guide
Additional: Picnic Lunch
Available: October to April (depending on snow levels and weather)
Distance: 10km/6.2 miles return, easy 2.5 to 3.5 hour return hike
Rating: Easy

Aoraki/Mt Cook Hooker Valley Hike

Embark on a full day hiking adventure to Mount Cook National Park’s Hooker Valley to wonder at dazzling iceberg lakes, sky-scraping peaks and spectacular glaciers.

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge.  Sit back and enjoy constantly evolving landscapes through the dramatic Lindis Pass from comfort of your own Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van. Never miss a photo opportunity with flexibility to stop, jump out of the car and breathe in the crisp mountain air wherever and whenever you like.

We discover picturesque Lake Pukaki, a glacial lake that’s famed for its milky turquoise colour, before arriving at spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook. Aoraki means Cloud Piercer and reaches 3,724 metres (12,218 feet), making it New Zealand’s highest mountain.

We begin our hike in the renowned and sacred Tōpuni area of the Hooker Valley. Learn about rich Maori history and ancient legends of the region as we traverse across the first of three swing bridges, soaking up views across Mueller Lake and Mount Sefton.

Winding through the Hooker Valley keep an eye out for the Mount Cook buttercup (the world’s biggest buttercup) and local wildlife including our cheeky Kea (native alpine parrot), chamois and deer. Enjoy sweeping alpine views, snow-capped mountain peaks and vast open valleys sprawling with alpine tussocks before arriving at the terminal glacier lake.

Here we pause to soak up views of majestic glaciers, towering Aoraki/Mount Cook and the spectacular Southern Alps before returning along the same track.

Learn more about the Hooker Valley Track here, renowned as one of the top five-day hikes in New Zealand.

Our local personal guides love to tailor each tour to suit your interests and tastes. Get in touch to customise your hike and make your Queenstown adventure one to remember.

 

Aoraki/Mt Cook Hooker Valley Hike

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