Explore the most popular trails near Aoraki/Mount Cook with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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2 days ago

Do you love stairs? Great views. Lots of stairs. Picnic table at the lookout. Last 200 steps were snow covered so a good walking stick will serve you well in June.

Easy walk with amazing views along the way. 3 bridge crossings.

It’s a pretty good track.

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing views

This is a fun trail. Three suspension bridges, two lakes, a dozen waterfalls, and sideways rain.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a perfect day with clear skies. 3ish hours to the hut. Three exploring up there. And 3.5 down

Great flat trail , views are stunning. Lots of people, but with views like this it's easy to see why. Most people are friendly and polite. 3 suspension bridges to cross both ways, bring a lunch and water. Good for all levels!

3 months ago

punishing hike. the first 2/3 is pretty but the view is a bit monotonous. the real reward is reaching the ridge and hooking back towards Mueller hut for the glaciers and unrivaled view of Aoraki.

We did this hike Feb 9th. Beautiful sunny day. Nice exercise as you traverse a total of 3 suspension bridges each way. Bring a lunch or snack to eat at picnic tables at the final lake site. Quite a lot of people use this trail, so be prepared.
We heard a couple of ice sections collapse up in the higher mountains. The steel grey glacier melt water is fantastic to see. Great little day hike!

Very crowded / easy walk. The views are nice but you mostly see the same thing the whole way (I went on a rainy/cloudy day though). You could probably just do the first 30-45 minutes and see most of it.

on Mueller's Hut

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was definitely the highlight of our trip to the South Island! The trail begins with stairs and turns to rocks and boulders roughly halfway up. The view gets better the entire way. This can definitely be done as a day hike but I highly recommend booking a bunk at the Mueller Hut in advance or bringing up a tent. Listening to the avalanches and star gazing was something I won’t soon forget. Make sure to scramble up Mt Ollivier for a great 360 view and a view of the hut from above.

hiking
4 months ago

The second half after Sealy Tarns and the zillion stairs is one long rock scree scramble with a few boulders thrown in. Awesome!

Tons of traffic on a beautiful day. The icebergs in the cafe au lait water at the end was pretty neat.

too much people

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. First half stair climb to Sealy Tarns then rock scramble path to the hut. Doable as a day trip but the sunset/sunrise from the hut was spectacular.

4 months ago

one of the best hikes I've done. so much fun, 2200 steps, then rock scrambling and then hiking through snow. stunning views along whole hike.

It is absolutely gorgeous surrounded by glacial mountains and waterfalls the whole way. You get rewarded with icebergs in the blue, glacier-water lake for the grand finale. Watch for bunnies along the way!

hiking
5 months ago

Doesn’t get much better than this! Amazing glacial mountain and valley views culminating in a lake with rocky mountainside or beachside picnicking spots. Plus three swinging bridges which offer great vistas of the rushing glacial river water below. There is a restroom at the halfway point, so don’t worry about ducking off the trail to find coverage in the abundant shrubbery. Very easy trek with wide gravel path and little elevation, yet still rewarded with stunning views the whole way. Recommend going early to avoid the crowds, but more important is to pick a time when visibility is high so you can marvel at the landscape.

the combination of suspension bridges, teal glacier runoff fed rivers with gentle waterfalls, three lakes, icebergs, prominent peaks, and glaciers make this one of my all time favorite hikes.

Easy trek with an amazing view on the hooker lake and the mount cook

walking
7 months ago

Pleasant 4 mile return hike to foot of Glacier. Beautiful view on the way and at the point itself. Easy trail with moderate climb on way out and quick return. If you only have a day or two here it’s perfect scenic trail.

Easy flat hike with beautiful views of Mt Cook. Nearby campground is excellent and right at the start of this trail!

Amazing walk in winter, go for crampons and proper snow shoes if it's been snowing recently. Very slippery and slow so add an extra hour to two hours when icy.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wonderful environment, very easy walk not exposed and partially built. Very crowded, leave before 6am for a better experience, strongly recommended.

hiking
Friday, January 13, 2017

Easy for even the smallest kids and unexperienced hikers. More of a walk than a hike. If you're looking for a challenge, this ISN'T it. A LOT of people are on this track and it wasn't challenging enough for me, but it leads to Hooker Lake and Glacier at the bottom of Mt. Cook so it gets 4/5 stars just for the view.

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Easy return trip, good for both children and older hikers. The downside is that it's accessibility makes this track overrun with tourists any time of the day. If you're looking to spend some quality time with nature go elsewhere. Views are incredible though, particularly when the clouds lift and you see the top of Aoraki Mt Cook peeking out over the clouds!

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