Sealy Tarns.

Image: Aaron Chaleff | Creative Commons


Climb the 'stairway to heaven' to Sealy Tarns, and enjoy spectacular views and alpine flowers.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3 - 4 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Dubbed the 'stairway to heaven', 2,200 steps take you straight up to the freshwater lakes of Sealy Tarns. This energetic walk provides spectacular views of the Hooker valley and peaks of the area, including Aoraki/Mount Cook. An abundance of alpine flowers in summer and the views from the tarns make the effort worthwhile.

The track is steep and stepped. There is a height gain of 600 m.

Getting there

The track branches off the Kea Point Track, in Aoraki/Mount Cook village.

The Kea Point Track starts on Terrace Road near the Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, or at White Horse Hill Campground at the end of the Hooker Valley Road. 

Know before you go

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 National Park Visitor Centre for advice on conditions.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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