Aoraki/Mount Cook village walking tracks

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Description

Governors Bush Walk

Time: 45 min return

This delightful bush walk begins at the public shelter and explores one of the last stands of silver beech forest in the Park. A gradual climb leads to a lookout point before the track descends and returns to the village. This popular walk offers birdlife, a good viewpoint of the mountains and shelter in poor weather.

Bowen Bush Walk 

Time: 10 min return

This easy forest walk begins across the road from Alpine Guides. The loop track wanders through totara and celery pine forest and has an alternative exit or entry towards Glencoe Lodge.

Glencoe Walk

Time: 30 min return

Start from behind the Hermitage. The walk zigzags through totara trees with a ferny understorey, emerging at a lookout near the prominent water tanks above the Hermitage. Walkers are rewarded with a birds-eye view of the village and beyond to the white ice of the Hooker Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook. Sunrise and sunset are good times to catch light-play on the mountains.

Aoraki/Mount Cook Village as seen from Red Tarn track. Photo: L. Molloy.
Aoraki/Mount Cook Village as view from
Red Tarn track

Red Tarns Track

Time: 2 hr return

Begin at the Public Shelter and follow the path to Black Birch Stream. Cross the bridge then climb steeply to the Red Tarns. A viewpoint offers a spectacular panorama of the valley and Aoraki/Mount Cook. The tarns were named from the red pond weed that grows in them.

Kea Point Walk

Time: 2 hr return from the village, 1 hr return from the White Horse Hill carpark.

Start from the Hermitage lawn and cross the road to the track sign (or leave from the public shelter at the campground). This walk gently winds its way through sub-alpine grasslands and scrub to the Mueller Glacier moraine wall. The track passes through landscape that was formed in 1913 when a stream cut through from the glacier to the original Hermitage site, damaging the building. The walk ends at a viewing deck that gives stunning views of Mt Sefton and Footstool, the Hooker Valley, Mueller Glacier Lake and Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Hooker Valley Track

Time: From the village: 1st swingbridge: 1 hr 30 min return, 2nd swingbridge: 2 hr return, Hooker Lake: 4 hr return

Begin at the Visitor Centre or White Horse Hill camping areas. Starting from the camping area reduces the times by 45 minutes. One of the most popular walks in the park, it leads up the Hooker Valley towards Aoraki/Mount Cook. The track passes close to the Alpine Memorial, which is a great viewpoint. Continue on to the Hooker River and cross twice on swingbridges before reaching Stocking Stream Shelter. From Stocking Stream Shelter head up valley crossing a third swingbridge that leads to the East Hooker and the source of the Hooker River. The track ends at the glacier lake, where there are amazing views of Aoraki/Mount Cook, Hooker Glacier and the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te moana.

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