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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!

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!

I'm not sure why this is rated as easy... it's quite steep but the views are worth it.

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.

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

great walk. nice view. start by the lake shore !

too much people

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!

2 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.

Pretty awesome considering its a relatively short hike. Went up during the snow and came down in the dark with a headtorch, Epic!

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

Awesome hike up the hill. The rocks make sure you’re paying attention. Solid views.

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.

A good relatively short but steep trail. Takes about 1 hour and 40 mins - 2 hours to get up. The hut is awesome, one of the best I've seen in terms of size and kept in good condition.

9 months ago

This trail is truly amazing, described as a "Nature Photographers Dream" it definitely does not disappoint. Its features a Ski Lodge, a waterfall and stunning 360 views of snow capped peaks. Don't be fooled by thinking this is easy because its only 4.5km there and back, its very steep and you'll be walking on stones most of the way. Takes roughly 1 and a half - 2 hours each way at a steady pace.

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

11 months ago

Pretty awesome place in the southern alps. Never seem to see many other people here, hard to find info on it aswell, bit of a hidden gem ;)

11 months ago

This ones quite a challenge but well worth it for the 360 views of the lakes and mountains. Not much shelter on the way up and can get pretty windy, take a windbreaker jacket for sure! Well worth it

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.

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!

6 days ago

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