Crossing a swing bridge on the Hooker Valley Track
Image: R. K.


Gaze in awe at New Zealand’s tallest mountain, surrounded by a glacial landscape that includes ancient glacial debris and a glacier-fed lake.
  • Cross a total of 3 swing bridges on the Hooker Valley Track.
  • Look out for the many different wildflowers along the way.
  • Count the icebergs in the glacier lake.
  • Reflect on the ancient name of Aoraki and the early explorers memorialised.

Get ready

Download the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park adventure map (PDF, 1,260K) and check out what you can do.

Plan your visit to Hooker Valley Track so you don't miss anything important. 

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Aoraki/Mount Cook Village is at the end of SH80. Hooker Valley Track starts from the DOC visitor centre or the White Horse Hill Campground.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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