Red Tarns.

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Walk to tarns with red pond weed and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Track overview

300 m return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Follow the track downhill from the public shelter to cross the bridge over Black Birch Stream and then climb steeply to the Red Tarns. The vegetation changes as you ascend from the valley floor to a superb panoramic viewpoint of the valleys below, the village and Aoraki/Mount Cook. The tarns are named for the red pond weed that grows in them. An aptly placed seat allows you to recover your breath and enjoy the views. This is a magnificent spot to view the sunset in summer.

The track is steep and mainly stepped. There is a 300 m height gain.

Getting there

The track starts at the public shelter on Bowen Drive, in Aoraki/Mount Cook Village.


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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