Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Canterbury with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
muddy
3 hours ago

Beautiful views, especially if you go past the hut toward the top. Some sections were muddy, but passable. Some steep sections had loose rock, so poles recommended.

5 days ago

The trail is just a 4wheel drive track going up the mountain. So not the most interesting trail to walk on. But the views are amazing, especially when there's still snow on the back mountain range. Definitely worth it on a clear day.

on Sealy Tarns Track

hiking
8 days ago

awesome view. many steps that are quite steep but well worth it!
be careful on windy days

That was an amazing view!!

Great hike. Agree that you need to go early. We went at sunrise and by 7am on the way back there were quite a few folks coming. We got to see about 5 Kea birds hanging about but the end of the trail near Hooker Lake. Fun!

Amazing track with amazing view at the top

Must do when you are visiting this area but make sure there are not too many clouds otherwise you won’t event see Mont Cook ;)

Wonderful views. Bit of a slog uphill in the heat of the day.

worth the climb up the stairs. beautiful.

yes, it is crowded but what would you expect from an easy walkaway under the highest mountain of NZ, right?
It is very nice though!

20 days ago

Great views. Lots of steps to climb.

Great view of Tasman Glacier and Terminal Lake. Crowded trail with lots of steps. Worth it though!!

Started the hike around 8am and there was hardly anyone on the trail! It was beautiful and very windy at times. Easy trail, 3 suspension bridges, great views. Hiked about 6.5 miles in about 2.5 hours. Trail was definitely crowded on our way out. Go early! And enjoy the views!!

very nice easy walk

very nice with views

hiking
28 days ago

A very well maintained track with spectacular views from the beginning till it ends at the tarns.

https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/blog/aoraki-mt-cook-national-park-canterbury-aoteroa

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views. Would recommend doing the loop clockwise for the views and an easy descent as the return. Definitely broke a sweat on the way up. The cafe has delicious and affordable food options, it’s a good pit stop for food/water/toliets.

Agree with other reviews that it is overall easy and flat. The moderate rating probably comes from the distance and the unrelenting sun in the summer. The views are nice, but like another said, it mostly looks the same. It is VERY crowded, so beware of bus tourists clogging up the trail.

Amazing views all along the way! There was snow on the top of the mountains even in the summer with very hot and sunny weather. One of the best hikes I have ever done!

Great views on a classic NZ nature walk. Muddy rainforest track in places, save this walk for dry weather. Remember your antihistamine!

THE GOOD:
Wow! The views along the trail are incredible from start to finish. You wind through azure alpine streams and glacier lakes while walking through Hooker Valley. The towering snow capped mountains are nothing short of magnificent. Walk a little past the trail end to get an up close view of the floating icecaps. Would disagree with the moderate rating - tail is about as easy as they come. Hardly any elevation change, wide, and well marked. Great for all ages and experience levels.

THE BAD:
This place is crawling with oblivious tour bus tourists whose only concern is taking an Instagram selfie and not enjoying the views around them.

Amazing hike with picturesque views of the turquoise blue lake. Would recommend going clockwise to get the best view. Definitely do the entire loop and don’t just turn around at the cafe.

An absolute can’t miss. One of the largest and most magnificent waterfalls in New Zealand. Lots of steps to reach the lookout deck but well worth it.

Decent for a short walk, nothing spectacular

brilliant stroll

had a spare 3 hours weather great awesome walk

Little walk with great views

1 month ago

Good to get the heart racing

Great short walk. Not difficult but a fair number of steps. Took us less than an hour. Really beautiful!

Good view and easy. One super cute cat keep asking us for pat.we stuck there for almost 20mins.BA CAREFUL!

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