Hooker Valley Track Hike

Hooker Valley Track Hike

The most famous track of Mount Cook National Park is the Hooker Valley Track, an easy 10km return hike with very minimal height change that wanders its way along the valley towards Mount Cook.

It will likely be one of the busier hikes you do since it's an easy hike, but it is so worth it. The views are jaw-dropping and you will want to snap photos of every turn.

HOOKER VALLEY TRACK HIKE DETAILS

When: year-round and be prepared for changing weather conditions

Where: hike starts at the Mount Cook car park, 2km walk from Mount Cook Village

Difficulty: easy and flat

Length: 1 hour each way for 10km roundtrip, plus 1/2 hour to walk to and from the village

Directions: from the Mount Cook car park, follow the clear trail over boardwalks and bridges following signs for Hooker Valley

Bathrooms: yes, at the carpark

Public Transit: no; you can either walk or drive to the car park from Mount Cook Village

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Hooker Valley Road from Mount Cook Village to the trailhead

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Mueller Lake Lookout

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Mueller Lake

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jana meerman hooker valley track mount cook (3)
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First Swing Bridge in front of Mount Sefton over Hooker River

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Second Swing Bridge

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Second Swing Bridge

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Hooker Valley with the first view of Aoraki/Mount Cook

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jana meerman hooker valley track mount cook (3)
jana meerman hooker valley track mount cook (3)
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jana meerman hooker valley track mount cook (3)

Third Swing Bridge over East Hooker

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The other side of Third Swing Bridge

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Looking back at Third Swing Bridge

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Mount Cook towering above Hooker Lake

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The Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana behind Hooker Lake

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Sunset over Hooker Road back to Mount Cook Village

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