Introduction

Walk to Ball Hut with superb views of the Tasman Glacier and surrounding peaks.

Track overview

9 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

3-4 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The first 5 km section of this track follows an historical road, now a 4WD track. It opens up to spectacular views after the end of the 4WD track, where the route becomes more difficult.

The moraine wall throughout this area, including along the 4WD track, is very unstable and should be negotiated with caution. You will need to move with care and skill around collapsed areas at various stages along the route.

Ball Hut is close to the historic site of the first Ball Hut and offers superb views of the Tasman Glacier and surrounding peaks.

Getting there

The track starts at the end of Tasman Valley Road, near Aoraki/Mount Cook village.

Know before you go

NZTopo50 map sheets: BX15, BX16

Avalanches: 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 National Park Visitor Centre for advice on conditions.

Contacts

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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