View from the Mueller Hut Route



This route provides a 360-degree panorama encompassing glaciers, ice cliffs, vertical rock faces and New Zealand’s highest peaks. Mountaineering experience, including using an ice axe, crampons and avalanche rescue equipment, is needed in winter, and sometimes in spring and autumn.

5.2 km one way

Walking and tramping

4 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

There can be snow and ice from March to November. Ask the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor Centre about current track conditions.

Mid November–30 April

Bookings are required for Mueller Hut.

All year

Register your intentions at the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre on the day you start. This is part of a formal intentions process that operates in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park for your safety – failure to sign in or sign out may result in a formal search being initiated.


Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 435 1186
Address 1 Larch Grove
Aoraki/Mount Cook 7999
Hours Visitor centre hours and services
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