Aoraki/Mt Cook from Sealy Tarns
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Introduction

There are two day tramps in the Aoraki/Mount Cook area: to Ball Hut in the Tasman valley, and the Sealy Tarns track off the Kea Point Walk above the village.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3-4 hr or 6-8 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Sealy Tarns Track

Time: 3 - 4 hr return

Begin as for Kea Point then branch off at the signpost to climb steeply up to the tarns. This energetic walk gives spectacular views of the Hooker Valley and the peaks of the area including Aoraki/ Mount Cook. An abundance of alpine flowers in summer and the view from the tarns makes the effort worthwhile.

Be aware: In winter this track can be extremely icy; ice axe/crampons may be required to access the tarns, avalanche risk may exist. Call in to the Aoraki/Mount Cook Visitor Centre for advice on conditions.

Ball Hut Route 

Time: 3 - 4 hr one way

From the Blue Lakes carpark, follow the line of the old Ball Hut Road alongside Tasman Glacier. Ball Flat is close to the historic Ball Hut site and offers superb views of the glacier and surrounding peaks. Take care, as the moraine wall in this area and along the road is very unstable. Sign your intentions at the Visitor Centre if you wish to stay at the hut.

Be aware: The area around Ball Road is complex avalanche terrain. Large avalanches cross the road and track from June to November. Call in to the Aoraki/Mount Cook Visitor Centre for advice on conditions.

Ball Hut.

Ball Hut

Category: Standard
Facilities: 3 bunk beds, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Contacts

Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 435 1186
Address:   1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Email:   mtcookvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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