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Definitely a good track. Great view at top. Gets a bad rap because Sealy Tarns has the better view of Mt Cook.

The best trail I did in nz. Icy snow on the track, Bring crampons or sticks.

hiking
3 days ago

Well, it ain’t easy, but it’s soooo worth it. The hike isn’t technical by any stretch of the imagination — you’re just walking up a 4x4 track. BUT, it’s long and a pretty considerable elevation gain, so it’s a workout getting to the top. Definitely worth it on a clear day! Beautiful views of the kaikoura mountain range and kaikoura itself — also great views of the ocean !! Bring lots of layers because it’s quite chilly on top, but you definitely break a sweat on the way up. There’s water at the hut (which is about 2/3 of the way up) which says needs boiling but it was fine when I drank it. The hut itself is pretty decent compared to some NZ huts. Generally a nice hike if you wanna see kaikoura but don’t wanna see people!!

hiking
3 days ago

Spectacular hike in the Tasman Glacier Valley. Pretty straight forward to follow and a nice quaint 3 person hut to stay in.

Great tough hike. There is a good worn trail to the waterfall then after that it gets a bit more rugged. Still a trail to the top, but I would recommend good hiking shoes. Was a fun hike with GREAT views!

absolutely love it some hard parts and fallen trees on track but totally loved it

Nice path with some stairs. For people with normal condition feasible. At the end, a nice waterfall awaits you.

A lot of steps in the beginning and one deep part witch shouldn't be underrated if there is snow. But after all I did the hike with snow in the deep part without any special equitment. And the View was awesone. It took me 3 hours return, with a longer break at the hut.

Was not easy. lots of steps. was short and sweet. Beautiful views at the top

Only about 45 minutes out of Christchurch, and has never been busy when we’ve visited. Very steep climb up through pine forest, (though parts have recently been cleared) which took us about an hour fifteen. Definitely worth returning via the Wooded Gully Track which is through the beech forest and includes lots of little stream crossings. Return took about 2 hours.

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

With all the beauty around these lakes this just doesn’t compare and wasn’t worth it. Pools are green like others have mentioned.

Easy family hike.

Easy family hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Really good. If doing the loop, after reaching the summit, as you walk down, drift toward lake Coleridge to pick up the fence line that takes you down to the bottom. Then, follow the boundary of the reserve back to start. Doing the loop is worth it

21 days ago

One of our first moderate walks and a superb one out was. Probably a little longer than we thought but a stunning day with views to burn.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

Amazing views stayed until sunset. Climb was moderate but good with a few breaks

An hour of steep steps to spunktacular views of Mt Cook and surrounds.

Quite a short walk but it's the perfect length and difficulty to walk my small dogs. And it's a nice walk to do on a sunny day if you want to see a view of Christchurch

A nice short walk.

friendly track . easy and not much going up. nice view of lake Ohau.

walking
28 days ago

The glaciar is really far away. Path is crowded but accessible to most people.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
28 days ago

Breathtaking views on the glaciars on top. But stairs are messing with knees on the first part ! The second one is mainly loose rocks, going down can be a bit slippery sometimes but nothing too bad. The hut is incredible as well and the wardens were super nice. The top was really windy and cold. it took us a bit less than 5 hours up and down with a nice long lunch break.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

A great walk that my dog loved! Beautiful views. Highly recommend this walk.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice walk through regenerated bush

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Short 20 minute bush walk.

hiking
1 month ago

It was amazing. We went up the hill and saw the whole picture of the town. There are alternative routes could be chosen. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome track! This is a real hiking track so bring proper boots etc.. Very rocky and there were some quite slippery and tricky parts of the track. A really cool day walk though and an amazing view!

great alternative to rapaki as not many use it

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