Mueller Hut is a 7.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Cook Village, Canterbury, New Zealand that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 7.9 km Elevation Gain: 1,038 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Perhaps the best overnight hike in New Zealand is this 1000m climb to watch and listen to avalanches tumbling off glaciers beneath the gaze of Mt Cook.

1 month ago

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.

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rocky
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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.

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no shade
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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.

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rocky
snow
3 months ago

snow
3 months ago

beautiful beautiful, first part was steep stairs then the grade of hill eases and you climb through rocks, it was pretty icy up there, pack boots and hat and gloves

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Bring headlamps and insulated clothing... hike to Mueller Hut for the day. All areas crowded... hike back down at sunset to get great views of sunset before the clouds and alpenglow illuminate Mt.Cook. Kea’s can be seen at Seally Tarns at dusk when all the people leave. Just watch your bags/boots/gloves/etc while you watch the sunset. An amazing hike down in the dark. Lots of lemur-pandas (opossums) on the trail at night. Hooker Valley is closed at the first swing bridge due to rain for the next 6-8 weeks.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

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scramble
4 months ago

Awesome hike, a must do if in the area. I agree with what some others have posted, definitely bring plenty of water, and sunscreen and be prepared for stairs and steep rocky sections, and of course amazing views.

hiking
4 months ago

A great trail! That begin with a lot of stairs. Be aware. Then a point of view on your right. And then a lovely up to have the beautiful view of the amount Cook. And the finish at the hut. Definitely worth it and quite hard. 2,5 hours up. 1,5h down

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rocky
5 months ago

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snow
5 months ago

Fun Fact: this is the first mountain that Sir Edmund Hillary ever climbed. It is also one of the best hikes I’ve ever done, and absolutely the best in NZ. The hike starts with stairs, stairs and more stairs. Once you’ve conquered the stairs, the scramble starts. Be careful because some parts were covered in snow (even in Jan), and the rocks can be slippery. However, the trail is well marked and once you reach the top, you’re 5 minutes from the hut and some great views of Mount Cook and the Valley below. Enjoy!

5 months ago

amazing area and amazing walk

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rocky
snow
5 months ago

Amazing climb, take enough water especially on sunny days as you need to struggle with stairs and then steep rocky/snowy parts ! Views all way long are breathtaking...

6 months ago

climbed in 2h30. You have to continue after the hut up a high rock to have a magnificent view at 360 and it deserves 5 stars. not very hard physically but very technical on the end

hiking
6 months ago

This trail will kick your butt if you are unfit. The last 200 meter to the crest of the ridge is the most difficult section due to the scree and ice. The area around the hut is still covered in ice. We took only 3 liters of water for the two of us which wasnt adequate under the hot intense sun. Some people were hiking shirtless!!!! The views? Out of this world!!!!! Oh, the hut doesn’t belong to Mueller. https://paulcpeh.wixsite.com/mysite/blog/aoraki-mt-cook-national-park-canterbury-aoteroa

6 months ago

Spectacular views of the Mueller glacier, the hut was still covered in snow on 22 December Great trail with steps to Sealy Tarns making for a steady but very steep climb We saw three avalanches happen on the opposite side of the valley. We took 2.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down and we’re about abode average hikers

hiking
7 months ago

i did it with a bad weather but the challenge was very nice

7 months ago

Super worth the climb! Hiked in Dec 2018 and there was still snow toward the top. We used an ice axe and hiking poles but crampons would have been a nice luxury - you can rent them in Mt Cook Village. Do-able as a day hike but definitely stay in the hut if you can - sunrise and sunset are so beautiful

7 months ago

Tough trek, but worth the struggle. The landscape is outstanding. Be mindful of the weather, mountain conditions change all the time. Wouldn't reccomend attempting if you're inexperienced.

backpacking
8 months ago

Pouring rain but clear morning was worth it. Stairs stairs stairs! Feb 2018

hiking
11 months ago

Lucky with brilliant clear views on the way up. Knee high snow for about the last hour made for a lung-buster, but gorgeous, nonetheless. Probably took me 3hrs to the top with plenty of picture snapping. Made some coffee at the hut, then back down in about 2hrs. Low visibility on the way down, but plenty of my own tracks to follow, and fun snow tromping. Even if you only get to the top of the stairs section and don't go all the way to the hut--go for it. I think anyone could accomplish the stair part, if they take their time and just enjoy it.

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