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.

Length6.0 miElevation gain3,451 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingForestViewsWildlife
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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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Jordan Watson
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Amazing

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Akhil Prakash
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Nature tripsGreat!Rocky

Well it has about 2000 stairs to climb until you reach Sealy Tarns. After that's the track is more rugged. There is a lot of rock climbing, not pro level but easy. Once the stairs end, the trail can be followed by spotting the orange poles. After you reach the top, there is less climbing but the view is just stunning. Within a few minutes onn the track, you can hear the avalanches and you will notice the hut ahead of you. A moment of relief. But, as you reach the hut, you will see Keas at the hut waiting for your arrival also with a volunteer at the hut as your warden. The hut has a well maintained and hygienic toilet, kitchen and beds. and the cute from the windows are to die for.

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Tom Jarwis
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Lalita Tracy
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Moira Zhao
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HikingGreat!IcyOff trailSnow

It was bit hard and long track.I m carrying 40L bag and lucky I made it to mueller hut.It is snow all night and I got diarrhea.So make sure you bring your hot water bottle and warm sleeping Bag if is expected to snow at Night and warm socks as well.

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Hayden Vaughan
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This is a must do!!! I honestly thought I was in a different world up there.

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stepnee graf
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HikingGreat!

highly recommend. stopped for a swim at sealy tarns on the way back down. beautiful views at the top and able to watch the avalanches. we hiked on a hot sunny day with little wind. I found the scrambling up the rocks harder than the stairs. the trekking poles helped with the decent

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Tessa Gush
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

was hoping to stay the night but the hut shut because of the weather. non the less the round trip was beautiful. up in 2.5h with about half of that being stairs, and some scrambling on rocks up the top. Down 1.5h. well worth the effort

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Rob Cleary
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Second attempt at overnighted, weather Gods said no, looked nice but front to arrive and would have been stuck for 4 days

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Katie Wilson
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Amazing amazing. Can’t recommend enough!

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Luke de Pear Brown
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Don’t be deterred by the first part up to Sealy Tarns, as the second half is far more interesting and challenging. We stayed the night at the hut and really enjoyed the scramble up the rocks in the second half. The view was incredible and were greeted by 7 Kea when we got there.

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Queenie Leung
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Chaman Coccinelle
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Amazing hike, with beautiful views

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Jennifer Peña
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HikingGreat!RockySnow

Can't recommend this hike enough! Stay in the hut for the full experience. My group and I hiked up mid-November and about 600m to the top, snow was present in patches - steep area below the saddle and snow around the hut. Only had hiking boots no crampons. Stairs were straightforward, just keep persistent along the rocks after the tarn, some areas were a bit of a scramble and the other times, youre pulling yourself up the boulders. Just follow the poles. Hiking up to Mount Olivier meant a lot of pulling yourself up boulders to the summit and a nice slide down on the snow to get back to the hut! We're an active bunch and experienced hiking and we made it up to the top in 2 - 2.5 hours (not factoring in stopping for photos) and 1.5 back down.

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Nicole Janowski
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Katelyn Vanruiten
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This is an awesome hike and the hut is epic. Highly recommend.

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Katelyn Vanruiten
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This is an awesome hike and the hut is epic. Highly recommend.

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Célia Stoll
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No shadeSnow

the first part of stairs is the hardest. the rocky part after the tarns gets easier and quicker. Just before the ridge it is the last steep part after that you'll get amazing views and snow during november:) we took from the village to the track (30min one way) the track itself up and down with 1h break in between: 5h. We are young but took it slowly at a a good pace and steady to make it:) people who have poles should take them. might help going up the steep part and down the stairs!

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