Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake

MODERATE 151 reviews

Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake is a 10.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
199 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no shade

hiking
8 days ago

Pretty easy! Beautiful even during rainy days

hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

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

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
10 days ago

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

hiking
no shade
12 days ago

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.

25 days ago

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

Nous l’avons fait ce matin sous la pluie et c’était tout de même vraiment spectaculaire! Très facile

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained and well marked. Pretty easy but will take you about 3hrs rt. Bring sunscreen as most of the trail is exposed. Can get crowded when the tourists busses arrive but will thin out once you get to the first suspension bridge as the bus day trippers only go that far.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy great hike with stunning views. Trail is well maintained, accessible for nearly everyone.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and highly recommended! Easy and the payoff is high! Can get crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy dirt path! We went as a family and it was LONG but easy. My mother has MS and we felt she could do this since it wasn’t a rough terrain. She kicked ass but there is ZERO shade on this trail. She had to take a lot of breaks, but anyone who knows about MS knows that’s inevitable. We did not make it to the end bc she was worried she wouldn’t make it back. We had a little chair for her to sit on for breaks but I think we could have easily transported a wheel chair with us. Someone would have to chart it on steps but I felt the rest of the path was generally possible for a wheelchair. Still amazing spots to stop at even though we didn’t make it to the very end. We turned around at the last bridge. If it wasn’t piercing sun, I thought she would have been able to finish it completely! Very fun and very family friendly.

Great hike. It was our first in New Zealand. Flat and moderately easy. Climate changes a bit while we were up there so bring some layers. LOTs of different scenery and the bridges are fun.

1 month ago

Easy hike and you get to see the glacier, Mount Cook, and icebergs floating in the lake. lots of people it really worth it

hiking
1 month ago

A moderate. Excellent exercise. Steady pace took us three hours RT. Promised view at end was not spectacular - wish we’d turned around at second bridge but we made it! This area and park are amazing. Trail is in excellent condition.

1 month ago

Start early to avoid the crowd

hiking
2 months ago

That was an amazing view!!

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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 ;)

2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

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!!

3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

good day hike for fam & kids

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Stunning scenery.

hiking
8 months ago

easy track with nice views !

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