Hooker Valley Track

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Aoraki/mount Cook National Park, Canterbury
A popular walking track providing easy access to to the wilderness and taking 2 - 4 hours return, depending on how far you go.

This is an opportunity to get deep into the mountains on a flattish track. Enthusiasts can don their costumes and swim with the ice bergs in the Hooker Glacier terminal lake!

Start at the White Horse Hill carpark and camping area.
Spectacular views, the adventure of crossing two swing
bridges over rushing torrents and mountain flora make this
a walk not to be missed.
A little way along the track on the left, you come to a path
leading to a stone cairn memorial for climbers claimed by
these mountains. It originally commemorated three men
who died on the Linda Glacier ( the most common route
up Mt Cook) in 1914. Sadly, other names have been added
over the years.
A wide track, but stony, - wear thick-soled shoes or boots
- leads over moraine covered with spiky matagouri and
Spaniard bushes. After about 30 minutes you reach the first
swing bridge over the turbulent, grey Hooker River. As you
progress up the valley you get superb views of Mt Sefton
and its Footstool on your left; ahead of you Mt Cook’s south
face dominates the end of the valley. The path narrows as it
skirts a bluff just before you cross the second swing bridge
which can sway excitingly, or, for some people, alarmingly
in a strong wind.
The walk continues along glacier flats among alpine plants:
in late spring and early summer, gentians and Mt Cook
lilies are a wonderful sight. At Stocking Stream Shelter
(and toilets), there’s a plane table identifying surrounding
mountains A further short walk takes you to Hooker Lake
at the snout of the glacier. Here it’s Antarctica in miniature,
with big chunks of ice floating like icebergs in the lake.
For further guidance listen to the Audio Guide.

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  • Mount Cook from Hooker Track
    Mount Cook from Hooker Track
  • Mount Sefton from Hooker Walk
    Mount Sefton from Hooker Walk
  • Lookout on Hooker Walk
    Lookout on Hooker Walk
  • Hooker Lake
    Hooker Lake
  • Hooker Valley Walk
    Hooker Valley Walk
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