Explore the most popular Hiking 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.

I would recommend this trail for those looking for a short walk through native bush.

trail running
16 days ago

Easy trail running with a little elevation and well worth the view at the point. Be a little cautious of frost/ice on the wooden footpath sections.

Did this one march 2017. Perfect day mt cook is awe inspiring, crowded trail but plenty wide. Go for it!

hiking
1 month ago

An easy hike for all abilities on a wide gravel track. Beautiful views over the lake with ice bergs and the Tasman Glacier. Plenty of little details to see along the way, such as lichens, mosses, and tiny plants between the rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Starting from the campground it’s pretty much a vertical climb up a very well maintained staircase through lush vegetation and into alpine tundra. A challenging climb, but worth it for the phenomenal views of Mt Cook, Hooker Lake, glaciers, and the valley. Beautiful reflections on the tarns on a still day!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

From carpark to where stairs begin is super icy, and from there (90% stairs) it’s also super icy. We had to stop about 10min from top because it was just all ice. Bring pickaxes. Otherwise, INCREDIBLE views of Mount Cook (covered in glorious snow) and surrounding ranges and valley. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

hiking
muddy
2 months 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.

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

walking
2 months ago

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

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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 months ago

hiking
bridge out
closed
3 months ago

on Sealy Tarns Track

3 months ago

Stairs well maintained. Amazing scenery.

bridge was broken due to storm but still cool views

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Incredible and breathtaking views but it is very steep up which makes it also hard to come down. Expect your knees to hurt by the end of it but it's totally worth it.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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