Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
23 hours ago

LOTS of steps
( or you can walk the no step trail alongside the steps)

06Apr2019: Closed at the first bridge, unsure of when they will reopen!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views! Basically an hour straight of stairs. A solid hike as Hooker Valley was closed at the first bridge and we didn’t have time to do the whole Mueller Hut track.

on Tasman Lake Track

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

hiking
bridge out
closed
4 days ago

on Sealy Tarns Track

5 days ago

Stairs well maintained. Amazing scenery.

bridge was broken due to storm but still cool views

hiking
9 days ago

Easy. Great view. Well maintained. slight elevation. gradual.

hiking
10 days ago

Relatively easy, however it is slightly uphill the whole way up, more so near the end! Easy downhill with about 200 to 300 feet total of rocky footing.

hiking
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Amazing views at the hut and beyond! It is a pretty tough hike though with a lot of stairs at first and then a hard to find trail with a scramble. Completely worth it at the top though.

We were lucky to have a perfect sunny day to hike on 3/23/2019, right before the track was closed a few days later. The views were fantastic with Mt Cook from all angels.

bridge out
closed
22 days ago

as of 27.03.19 2nd swing bridge out for repairs due to flooding and land slides. trail closed at 1st swing bridge

CLOSED THIS MONTH due to heavy rainfall!

Pretty easy! Beautiful even during rainy days

Easy track, great views and a good spot for lunch at the end before heading back. Could hear the rumble of avalanches too.

Easy track, great views and a good spot for lunch at the end before heading back. Could hear the rumble of avalanches too.

Easy track, great views and a good spot for lunch at the end before heading back. Could hear the rumble of avalanches too.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy but quite a few steps!! Blue lakes are definitely green scummy puddles

Purely a 5 star rating for the view itself.. it’s just an amazing backdrop the whole track out.. easy walking but very heavily trafficked..

hiking
1 month ago

Easy peasy good views 30 mins

Super easy hike, just lots of people. Beautiful views of lakes and Mt cook plus the iceburgs floating.

This hike was a nice easy walk. Quite busy due to how easy the hike is. The scenery was amazing, with beautiful rivers and fun bridges. Took us about 2 hrs return. 100% recommend this hike.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trek to the top with stunning views of Tasman Lake

This trail MUST be the best effort to views ratio in all of New Zealand. My boyfriend and I had such a great time. very casual walk and everything was stunning. keep in mind though because it is so easy it is heavily trafficked. probably the most trafficked of any of the day hikes I did in New Zealand.

hiking
1 month ago

Opaque lakes with algae, maybe we are at the end of the summer, ordinary trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We were wanting to hike all the way to the Mueller Hut but gusts of 100km/h winds forced us to stop at Sealy Tarns. Still beautiful views from here. Be warned it is pure stairs.

Trail was in great condition, was able to run the whole thing. Beautiful little forest part that is not too rooty at all followed by a lot of stairs. Trail markings are easy to find.

on Sealy Tarns Track

hiking
1 month ago

About an hour straight of stairs but a great workout and amazing views throughout, then the start of the Mueller Hut scramble begins.

We did it this morning in the rain and it was still really spectacular! Very easy

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