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We did this hike today with high winds and potential for rain. A storm was blowing in and clouds hugged Mt Cook but held off just enough for us only to get rain at the end on our way back. The high winds made it difficult (but fun) and crossing the suspension bridges an adventure. Loved the extra thrill. The weather did limit our views but probably decreased the numbers on the trail. I recommend it because of the multiple views that were beautiful and it was very easy. Simple out and back, even with the wind and lots of pictures, we did it in about 2.5 hours. (The wind today was huge! Becareful if your not stable on your feet on uneven surfaces.)

Très déçu par cette randonnée. Les paysages sont sympathiques, mais la plus belle vue se situe à mi-chemin d'après moi, et la vue finale tant attendue n'est pas vraiment exceptionnelle. De plus la rando est une autoroute (à moins sûrement de la faire assez tôt) avec du monde en permanence.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Great trial very easy, earlier the better as car park and road leading to the car park get really full, we arrived before 9 and got a space just about, walk wasn’t busy but on way back it was very busy only takes 2 and a bit hours there and back.

Primo running trail. Almost entirely on crushed gravel surrounding the lake. Goes by bird conservation center and visitor center. Not much shade at 4:30 PM in Feb, so apply sunscreen!

walking
no shade
1 day ago

nice one! today was very very windy! walked it clockwise. track is well marked with poles, lost the track for a couple of minutes near the end because I was going off the track to the cliff. but this was no problem at all. a lot of rabbitholes, so be careful if you're running this one. nice views, but be aware that there is no shadow and it can get very hot. bless the wind!

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Overcrowded... but anyway: do it! Nothing else to add! Just do it!

hiking
off trail
washed out
2 days ago

Really nice and easy trail. Ok with sandals. Cool and fresh water in the lake.

nice easy walk, only lake had muddy colour

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Good hike with some challenging bits. Not easy for all but not too difficult. We found the long downhill bit to finish difficult on toes and knees but worth it. It is a very cool hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice hike. Pretty straight forward and not too difficult with some great views.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Well, have heard about this trail for a long time. Finally had the opportunity to do it. Perfect weather, sunny and no clouds. Didn’t seem all that crowded but maybe we anticipated much worse (like Hooker Valley). Without a doubt, the most diverse trail I’ve ever seen, both respect to terrain/views and technique. That being said, scree is not all that fun, but perfectly fine if you take your time. The nice surprise if the forested portion at the end. Wish we would have budgeted more time to take along that section, but we had a bus to catch. Great trail.

hiking
3 days ago

beautiful lake! helicopter construction in the summer put a damper on the nature-y feels though

hiking
3 days ago

Lovely trail! -from San Diego, CA

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fee
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

Hiked during summer... Negatives- There is a small fee at the bottom of the mountain. Half of the trail is a gravel road under construction for the ski resort. Positives - absolutely beautiful views on the drive up and down the mountain with places to pull over for photos. The second half of this walking track is a beautiful rocky trek with streams along the way. The end of this short trek is very rewarding with a beautiful blue lake.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

Good trail with great views. We ran it in late February and it was quite dry with a hot sun. If you’re thinking of running, go clockwise. This will be best for the steepest hills on the trail so you’re working up them rather than sliding down precariously. Also look out for rabbit holes (and maybe fox dens, though I’m not qualified to ID those) as they can wreck your ankle if you’re not careful. Enjoy the views and the reflections on the water which are almost as clear as the mountains themselves.

La randonnée est superbe, je vous suggère de commencer la randonnée par le chemin du parking le plus haut. L'ascension au début est certes plus difficile mais la vue pendant la descente est d'autant plus magnifique !

Super randonnée, les paysages sont magnifiques et très diversifiés ! On retrouve lacs, paysages lunaires et arides, volcan, montagne du destin et tronçon ombragé en fin de balade pour la fin de journée ! Assez facile, il faut juste trouver sont rythme parmi la foule. Dommage malgré tout, qu'ils contraignent sans obliger... A prendre la navette 35$ par personne... En plus de ça, le parking coûte 15$ supplémentaire si vous n'avez pas choisi la bonne compagnie sinon ce sera en bord de route. Pour conclure une super balade qui ne nécessite pas d'être un marcheur hors pair et où on prend son pied à contempler les paysages !!

Great hike! Descent was a bit challenging.

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!

hiking
5 days ago

We had hoped to go to Lake Alta we had read that you could get there in 6-8 hours but to do this you need to allow 8-10 hours one way. Still a beautiful walk to the end of Wye creek. Took us around 4 hours return

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bugs
5 days ago

Beautiful track where you can see both of the volcanos. Compare to the Crossing almost no people.

Good in all weather. We chose to walk this in the rain in order to save Mount John for a clear day. The closes peaks were still visible and the mist enticed the imagination on the shrouded peaks behind. An easy trail but watch out for rabbit holes which are everywhere.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

This is one of the best day hikes I have completed in New Zealand so far. It is such a beautiful walk through desert like terrain, streams and little waterfalls, climbing up mountain ridges, crunching through melting snow, ascending a mountain side through a chilly wind, gingerly negotiating down slippery rocks and sand to come to breathtaking mountain lakes, aqua blue, green and deep blue in colour. But the highlight was to come, the descent through alpine valleys into a forest with a stream running alongside the track.

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

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