Looking for a great trail near Mount Cook Village, Canterbury? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Mount Cook Village ranging from 1.4 to 4.6 miles and from 2,375 to 3,464 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Probably the highest yield walk I've ever done. Absolutely stunning views the entire way. We completely lucked out with weather in late-April. Would happily fly across the world to do it again!

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rocky
5 days ago

Fabulous!!! We have decided to do it with a sleep at the hut. We had two sunny days + clear sky night... wow!!! Nothing to add over other comments. My 2-cent: don’t rush it, enjoy the view.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing trek scaly tarns lookout is great but the ridge by mullers hut is awe inspiring.

Stunning easy to follow walk. Amazing views the whole way! One of the most beautiful walks I’ve done!

great views, simple hike, a bit windy, great photo ops along the whole route

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no shade
8 days ago

Nice hiking. Less than 5 hours for me. The steps at the start is tiring.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome trail! It took us about 75 minutes up and 50 minutes down! The trial was a workout for sure but totally doable! Great views at the top! Highly recommend! Get ready for the burn!!!

Terrific, stunning views. Heavy traffic in trail and parking lot filled up by 11. Still well worth it. Flat trail but long. Budget 3-4 hrs. No sun cover, can get windy.

Don’t take the Ball Bass Route in the middle of the track. It’s a dead end bush that’s not in use anymore.

Very easy trail, but great views and definitely worth it if you are in the area. Loved the suspension bridges. Rooms us 2 hours total, and we took a break at the lake at the end. Views at the end not that great, but we loved the views of the mountains throughout the rest of the trail. Tons of people on the track given how easy it is, but we left around 3:30 pm in the afternoon and we had parts of the trek to ourselves. Wouldn’t recommend leaving between 9am - 1pm during high season as it seems it could be overrun.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Husband and I loved this trail, though it was difficult! One of the highlights of our 17 day trip to South Island. Tons of stairs, followed by a lot of scrambling. We did this in 6 hours, which included a lot of breaks and around 40 minutes at Mueller Hut. My husband is slower on the decents, so I think this could definitely be done in 5 hours or less if you are used to hiking and in good shape. For reference, we did Hooker Valley in 2 hours (with a break at the end) and Roy’s Peak in 4:30 with a 30 minute break at the peak. We started at 8:30 on a sunny day and would recommend that, it got super hot towards the end of our hike. Would not recommend this hike in the rain, would be really hard to come down as very rocky and it would be slick.

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bridge out
no shade
13 days ago

This trail is awesome. Very little effort for huge reward. Pretty much flat all the way. We went late afternoon and it wasn’t too busy. We went 45 in 45 back. Felt so quick, maybe because we’d done Roy’s Peak the day before. The views are awesome from the kick off. Had a lovely paddle in the glacier water when we reached the lake which also still had ice melting. The bridges are cool too.

hiking
13 days ago

No entry ! Autorized personnel only

hiking
16 days ago

Probably one of my favorite trails I’ve ever been on. I would highly recommend it. Amazing views and a lot of steps

on Sealy Tarns Track

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no shade
rocky
16 days ago

Great trail. It was a very hot day, and we found it difficult. We started at 1pm, and there was no shade the whole way up. The stairs are hard on the knees, and we wish we had sticks for coming down. It was hard, at times unpleasant, at times we almost gave up, and I’m glad we pushed through. The views were incredible, and the bench at the top is great for a picnic on a warm day. 2hrs up, 1 hr down.

Nice walk out and back. Three suspension bridges and stops with views along the way. Gets very crowded by 11am.

nice kept trail, 3 miles in, 3 back - not steep at all. incredible views, bunch of waterfalls on the hill sides and glacier lake at the end with some ice Berg's and Mt Cook in the background most of the time. really beautiful. very sunny, take sun screen

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rocky
18 days ago

great trail, but challenging because it's steep. stratanwoth the steps to get to Sealy's, the you continue the steep section (more interesting because not steps, but loose rocks). I went on the Mueller's hut, but the best views are on the saddle just after the steepest rocky section.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Absolutely the most gorgeous trail I’ve ever seen. The scenery just looks unreal. Just stunning.

Very easy walk to the Hooker lake lookout. About 3 miles, pretty flat well packed gravel trail. We went well beyond the lookout up towards the glacier. I think this is the Ball trail. Supposedly it goes over the pass and down to the Tasman glacier. The bit we did beyond the lookout made the hike a total of 9miles. It was moderate to difficult because it was kind of hard to find the trail in among the moraine. Better to take the Ball trail cut off before you get to the lookout.

hiking
22 days ago

We did it from the Hermitage hotel to avoid limited parking at the car park. Adds a nice easy walk along the valley with nice views. Once you get to intersection with Kea trail the path gets steeper. From here until summit I would rate this portion very difficult due to many stairs. Elevation gain is about 2000 feet. Once at the top the views are amazing. But Mt Cook was playing peekaboo through the clouds. We heard a few cracks of thunder from some ice flows but wish we saw more.

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