Explore the most popular nature trips trails in 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.

The stairs were brutal but the view was worth it. Did it back in February!

Way to busy. It snowed in the night before we did the walk and even then it feld like a trafficjam. Seenery is great.

good day hike for fam & kids

Amazing scenery especially on a clear day. Easy track as most of the ground is flat.

easy track with nice views !

Easy track with awesome views

amazing view and exciting to cross 3 swing bridges

hiking
4 months ago

Do you love stairs? Great views. Lots of stairs. Picnic table at the lookout. Last 200 steps were snow covered so a good walking stick will serve you well in June.

Easy walk with amazing views along the way. 3 bridge crossings.

It’s a pretty good track.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views

This is a fun trail. Three suspension bridges, two lakes, a dozen waterfalls, and sideways rain.

Great flat trail , views are stunning. Lots of people, but with views like this it's easy to see why. Most people are friendly and polite. 3 suspension bridges to cross both ways, bring a lunch and water. Good for all levels!

We did this hike Feb 9th. Beautiful sunny day. Nice exercise as you traverse a total of 3 suspension bridges each way. Bring a lunch or snack to eat at picnic tables at the final lake site. Quite a lot of people use this trail, so be prepared.
We heard a couple of ice sections collapse up in the higher mountains. The steel grey glacier melt water is fantastic to see. Great little day hike!

Very crowded / easy walk. The views are nice but you mostly see the same thing the whole way (I went on a rainy/cloudy day though). You could probably just do the first 30-45 minutes and see most of it.

Tons of traffic on a beautiful day. The icebergs in the cafe au lait water at the end was pretty neat.

too much people

It is absolutely gorgeous surrounded by glacial mountains and waterfalls the whole way. You get rewarded with icebergs in the blue, glacier-water lake for the grand finale. Watch for bunnies along the way!

hiking
9 months ago

Doesn’t get much better than this! Amazing glacial mountain and valley views culminating in a lake with rocky mountainside or beachside picnicking spots. Plus three swinging bridges which offer great vistas of the rushing glacial river water below. There is a restroom at the halfway point, so don’t worry about ducking off the trail to find coverage in the abundant shrubbery. Very easy trek with wide gravel path and little elevation, yet still rewarded with stunning views the whole way. Recommend going early to avoid the crowds, but more important is to pick a time when visibility is high so you can marvel at the landscape.

the combination of suspension bridges, teal glacier runoff fed rivers with gentle waterfalls, three lakes, icebergs, prominent peaks, and glaciers make this one of my all time favorite hikes.

Easy trek with an amazing view on the hooker lake and the mount cook

walking
11 months ago

Pleasant 4 mile return hike to foot of Glacier. Beautiful view on the way and at the point itself. Easy trail with moderate climb on way out and quick return. If you only have a day or two here it’s perfect scenic trail.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Easy flat hike with beautiful views of Mt Cook. Nearby campground is excellent and right at the start of this trail!

Amazing walk in winter, go for crampons and proper snow shoes if it's been snowing recently. Very slippery and slow so add an extra hour to two hours when icy.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wonderful environment, very easy walk not exposed and partially built. Very crowded, leave before 6am for a better experience, strongly recommended.

walking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Super easy and short relaxing walk with a nice view over the lake. The terminal face of Tasman black glacier is visible although quite far away. Big park nearby. Interesting partial view of Mount Cook. Family-friendly walk.

hiking
Friday, January 13, 2017

Easy for even the smallest kids and unexperienced hikers. More of a walk than a hike. If you're looking for a challenge, this ISN'T it. A LOT of people are on this track and it wasn't challenging enough for me, but it leads to Hooker Lake and Glacier at the bottom of Mt. Cook so it gets 4/5 stars just for the view.

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Easy return trip, good for both children and older hikers. The downside is that it's accessibility makes this track overrun with tourists any time of the day. If you're looking to spend some quality time with nature go elsewhere. Views are incredible though, particularly when the clouds lift and you see the top of Aoraki Mt Cook peeking out over the clouds!

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