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Best Trails in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

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Want to find the best trails in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 10 easy hiking trails in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 22 to 1,415 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
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Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park has rugged landscapes full of rock and ice. There are many peaks including the highest peak in New Zealand; Aoraki or Mount Cook.

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Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake
#1 - Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 10.6 km • Est. 3h 5m
The trail is easy to follow and has spectacular views. Doable for anyone with reasonable fitness. One of the best day hikes near Mount Cook Village. There is a breathtaking view over the Mueller Glacier, Hooker Lake, and up to Mount Cook at the end of the track. It’s mostly a flat well-maintained walkway (only a few inclines/steps but not technically difficult.) crossing three swing bridges along the way. There is a bench and a stone landing at the Muller Lake Lookout and picnic tables along the way. Make sure to come on a clear day for the best experience and go early to try to avoid crowds. The carpark at the end of Hooker Valley Road is usually packed after 9 am but there is enough space for 200 cars. Camping is also available and offers a separate car park. Be sure to get to the end where you find a real treat. Show more
Mueller Hut Route
#2 - Mueller Hut Route
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 9.3 km • Est. 4h 38m
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. It has about 2200 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 with epic views of New Zealand’s highest peaks and surrounding glaciers. Seasonal restrictions for the Mueller Hut: November – April: Bookings are required.  May – November: Bookings are not required but fees still apply. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/aoraki-mount-cook-national-park/things-to-do/huts/mueller-hut/ Show more
Sealy Tarns Track
#3 - Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 5.1 km • Est. 2h 30m
This trail is often called ''Stairway to Heaven’’ with about 2200 stairs to climb until you reach the freshwater lakes of Sealy Tarns. The views of the Hooker Valley and Mount Cook from the top are epic. You can continue climbing up to Mueller Hut: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/new-zealand/canterbury/mueller-hut-route Show more
Kea Point Trail
#4 - Kea Point Trail
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 2.7 km • Est. 53m
Pleasant return hike to the foot of the Glacier. Beautiful view on the way and at the point itself. If you only have a day or two here it’s perfect scenic trail. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/aoraki-mount-cook-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/kea-point-track/Show more
Tasman Lake Track
#5 - Tasman Lake Track
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 3.5 km • Est. 1h 7m
The Tasman Lake Track starts from the Blue Lakes Car Park at the end of Tasman Valley Road. It's a relatively easy track with a fair few stairs on the way on a wide gravel track. Beautiful views over the lake with icebergs and the Tasman Glacier. Plenty of little details to see along the way, such as lichens, mosses, and tiny plants between the rocks. Show more
Muller Lake Lookout
#6 - Muller Lake Lookout
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 1.8 km • Est. 32m
This is a short and easy walk near Mount Cook Village excellent for any fitness level. It’s mostly flat and offers the most spectacular views per ounce of energy in all of New Zealand. There is a bench and a stone landing at the Muller Lake Lookout. Make sure to come on a clear day for the best experience and go early to try to avoid crowds. The carpark at the end of Hooker Valley Road is usually packed after 9 am but there is enough space for 200 cars. Camping is also available at offers a separate car park. You can extend the walk by continuing up the Hooker Lake: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/new-zealand/canterbury/hooker-valley-track-to-hooker-lakeShow more
Tasman Glacier View
#7 - Tasman Glacier View
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 1.3 km • Est. 30m
Hike up about 300 steps to see fantastic views of the Tasman Glacier (New Zealand's longest glacier) and Terminal Lake. And then see the Tasman Valley in the opposite direction. This is an easy, quick walk, but you could easily spend longer if you decide to explore a few of the different walks near the glacier and the lake.Show more
Mount Ollivier Summit via Mueller Hut Route
#8 - Mount Ollivier Summit via Mueller Hut Route
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 11.6 km • Est. 5h 28m
This is a challenging climb to the top of Mount Ollivier (1933m). Please note that bookings are required to stay at Mueller hut. Hut fees, seasonal restrictions, and more information are available at: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/aoraki-mount-cook-national-park/things-to-do/huts/mueller-hut/ Show more
Red Tarns Track
#9 - Red Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 2.4 km • Est. 1h 13m
The Red Tarns Track takes you to tarns with red pond weed. The track is relatively short but steep with many steps on the way. Worth the view at the top. Make sure to bring a snack and sit on the bench overlooking the pond and the mountains! This place is also great to view the sunset in summer. Show more
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
#10 - Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
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Length: 6.8 km • Est. 2h 5m
Follow the south bank of the Fox River, through rainforest, to come to a glacier viewpoint.Show more
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