Tasman Glacier View Hike

Tasman Glacier View Hike

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is one of the most well-known in New Zealand, home to the iconic view of the glacier-covered Mount Cook rising high in the backdrop. Full of hiking trails, this national park is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and for good reason - it's one of the prettiest places I've visited in New Zealand!

There are two main roads in Mount Cook National Park that lead to the various hikes; the Hooker Valley Road and the Tasman Valley Road. At the end of the Tasman Valley Road lies a car park that leads to the trailhead for the Tasman Glacier Viewpoint. The hike itself is a brief climb up wooden steps to the most incredible viewpoint of the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier - New Zealand's longest - feeding into the lake below!

TASMAN GLACIER VIEW HIKE DETAILS

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

Where: hike starts at the Tasman Valley car park, 8km from Mount Cook Village; you can walk, bike, drive or hitch-hike here

Difficulty: easy track with steps steadily climbing up

Length: 30 minutes for 2.6km return trip

Directions: from the Tasman Valley car park, follow the signs for Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View up the wooden steps to the rocky viewpoint

Bathrooms: yes, at the carpark

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

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Tasman Valley Road

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Tasman Valley Road

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Tasman Valley Road

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Tasman Valley Road

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Blue Lakes

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Haupapa/Tasman Glacier

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