Walking through Mt Cook village

Image: Ruth McKie | Creative Commons


Several walks around the village provide views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush - these short, easy options are great for kids.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various times under 4 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Bowen Bush Walk 

Time: 10 min return loop
Height gain: Predominately flat with some steps

This walk starts opposite the petrol pumps. It's an easy forest walk that can be joined with Govenors Bush Walk to form a nature trail. This track wanders through tōtara and celery pine/mountain toatoa forest, and has an alternative exit/entry towards the Mount Cook Backpackers. A ‘Bird Song’ sounds system enhances the experience.


Glencoe Walk

Time: 30 min return
Height gain: 40 m - steps and some zigzags

Start behind the Hermitage Hotel. The walk zigzags through tōtara trees with a ferny understorey, emerging at a lookout near the prominent water tanks above The Hermitage. A short climb rewards with a bird’s-eye view of the village and beyond to the white ice of Hooker Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook. Sunrise and sunset are good times to catch the light-play over the mountains.

Governors Bush Walk

Time: 1 hr loop
Height gain: 100 m - steps plus well gravelled track

Start this walk at the public shelter. It's a delightful bush walk, which joins with Bowen Bush Walk to form a nature trail and explores one of the few stands of silver beech/tawai (also known as tawhai) forest in the park.

A gradual climb leads to a lookout point of Wakefield Ridge and Aoraki/Mount Cook. This popular walk offers birdlife, a great view of the mountains and a sheltered place to experience the outdoors in poor weather.

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Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 435 1186
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   mtcookvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mt Cook
Postal Address:   PO Box 5
Aoraki/Mt Cook 7946
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