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Mueller Hut is a 6 mile 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.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 3,451 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Views Wildlife
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Perhaps the best overnight hike in New Zealand, this 1000m climb takes you to watch and listen to avalanches tumbling off glaciers beneath the gaze of Mt Cook.

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Jeremy D
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Vue incroyable !!

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Berit Küssner
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Cameron Birchall
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July. stairs were tough before reaching the tarn with a frozen pond. icy and snowy for a bit before crampons were needed as snow was thigh high. tough climb but incredible views throughout. stayed in the hut and treated to great company. best overnight hike I've done

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Rebecca Streiff
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A must-do. I have done this hike multiple times and it never disappoints! There are 360 views of Mt. Cook and surrounding glaciers. I highly recommend staying overnight at Mueller Hut. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking. It's a tough hike up the stairs but totally worth it!

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Josh Gray
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A must do for either a day hike or an overnight journey. I did a day hike but I would have loved to stay up at the hut as well. Go check it out.

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Armitage Shanks
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Incredible views all the way to the top. Highly recommend. I'd love to have stayed overnight but didnt book ahead, and it was far too windy to camp. As a bonus you can scramble right to the top of Mt Olivier. Some care needed though.

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Ruel Abastas
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Amazing! The views and terrain change dramatically as you keep ascending up! You’ll be rewarded with spectacular views at the top! Start early in the day. This is a must hike!

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Seth Wiehe
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Non-stop uphill climb, but one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen at the top!

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Zanna Van Dijk
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What an amazing hike to do at sunrise, we ended up above the clouds. Stunning views along the whole trail.

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Bec Sanford
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Gem of a hike. Epic views! Great challenge as a day hike, would have liked to stay at hut but couldn’t due to weather forecast.

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Maxime Brgnt
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Incredible, amazing, wonderful, insane...

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Ana Palazon
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Hoy hice ascenso y descenso en un maravilloso día de sol. Una ruta dura para mis rodillas pero muy gratificante!! Unas vistas impresionantes!! Muy importante ponerse protección solar varias veces, el sol es muy fuerte aquí. Disfrutadla!!

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Brice Jcb
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Première partie (Sealer track) plutôt difficile avec toutes les marches, la 2ème partie est plus intéressante et offre une super vue sur la vallée si le temps est découvert.

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Sami Mäkelä
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The trail is steep, but very doable. The scenes are amazing. Well worth the effort. We were told that you could camp up near the hut. Would still double check with the local visitor center before dragging a tent up.

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Liang H
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My friend and I hiked there a day earlier than planned due to bad weather in the following two days. It took us about 7 hours with half an hour rest at top and a lot of photo ops (we both are in mid 50's). The first part leading to Sealy Tarns consists of a relatively flat passage from the base followed by 2200 steps. The step rise can be as high as 1 ft, and can be as narrow, 2 ft with cliffs on one side. The views got better and better as we climbed up. Many people turns around at Sealy Tarns. The second part was much difficult as the track is filled with rocks and small/loose stones. At the top the view of snow covered Mt. Cook was spectacular! There was an area still covered with snow about 150 yard from the house.

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May-tal Wexler
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ÉRIC M.
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Fabulous!!! We have decided to do it with an overnight at the hut. We had two sunny days + clear sky night... wow!!! Nothing to add over other comments. My 2-cent: don’t rush it, enjoy the view.

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Tessa B
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Husband and I loved this trail, though it was difficult! One of the highlights of our 17 day trip to South Island. Tons of stairs, followed by a lot of scrambling. We did this in 6 hours, which included a lot of breaks and around 40 minutes at Mueller Hut. My husband is slower on the decents, so I think this could definitely be done in 5 hours or less if you are used to hiking and in good shape. For reference, we did Hooker Valley in 2 hours (with a break at the end) and Roy’s Peak in 4:30 with a 30 minute break at the peak. We started at 8:30 on a sunny day and would recommend that, it got super hot towards the end of our hike. Would not recommend this hike in the rain, would be really hard to come down as very rocky and it would be slick.

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Anastasia Huggins
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Beautiful hike, incredible vistas that get better as you ascend. Note that it is stairs and climbing all the way up, but you can take your time and it's totally worth it. There was some snow and it was windy at the top but you could maneuver around it. Busy trail, but I would agree with others that it's a must do!

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Sarah Hardy
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Great trail- the first half is 2,000 steps. They were well-maintained and consistent but narrow. The second half is mostly just climbing loose rocks and boulders. Some snow, but can be avoided until you reach the hut, but then the terrain is flat. Just under 4 hours to the top and we stopped for many pictures. 3 hours down. The sunset and sunrise were certainly worth the hike!!! Beautiful Views. You do need to bring pots, cutlery, and plates/bowls for any food you take up. Sleeping bag definitely preferred. Would recommend staying in the hut if you have the time!

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Zev Orzy
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For the hiker seeking a slight adrenaline boost, this hike makes for great fun as the terrain and weather are wildly unpredictable. On a seemingly sunny, beautiful day, we experienced winds of about 90km/hr and had to battle many elements, like loose rock, snow, and ice (in summer). However, all that being said, it was by far the best hike I did in New Zealand, with breathtaking views, close up encounters with those beautiful New Zealand snow top mountains, and a story to take home.

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Paul Seifert
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Wer die Tour bis zu Hütte erlebt ein richtiges Abenteuer. Am Ende des Tages kann man sagen man hat wirklich etwas erlebt. Man sollte jedoch fit genug sein und ordentliche Ausrüstung dabei haben, da das Gelände teilweise sehr anspruchsvoll ist.

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