Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake [CLOSED]

MODERATE 215 reviews

Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake [CLOSED] is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Cook Village, Canterbury, New Zealand that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 652 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

snow

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no shade

Note: Hooker Valley Track is closed at the first swing bridge due to flood damage. For more information, please see https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/aoraki-mount-cook-national-park/

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

The whole trail has reopened. Great hike and a stunning view at the end, highly recommend!

hiking
10 days ago

It’s open again! Did this on September 3rd and it was great

hiking
14 days ago

I did this last year before the swing bridge was damaged. Easily the most spectacular walk I have done.

hiking
bridge out
20 days ago

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Closed from first bridge onwards. However was a beautiful, easy stroll with some great sights! Will definitely return to do full walk when it re opens!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
bridge out
closed
4 months ago

bridge was broken due to storm but still cool views

hiking
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

CLOSED THIS MONTH due to heavy rainfall!

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty easy! Beautiful even during rainy days

hiking
6 months 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
6 months 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.

6 months 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

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.

7 months 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

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