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“Hooker Valley Hike - A must-do!”

Hooker Valley Track
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

We have hiked Hooker Valley twice this year and we never fail to be amazed by the beauty of the scenery. The hike is a relatively easy one but it is still a 3 to 4 hours (with return) hike. Remember to bring along some snacks and drinks for the hike. There is a resting area at the end of the Hooker Valley hike where you can enjoy your own cup of hot tea and a self-prepared sandwich!

Thank Cindykwah
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is the third time we have walked this track but have unfortunately never finished it due to time constraints. We had two young children with us and they loved every minute of it especially the swing bridges over the raging rivers, the glacial lake and there is always a small avalanche in snowy seasons over on the far mountain. Gives out a decent rumble! Lots of places to stop and rest and admire the beautiful 360 degree views. Used to be a fairly treacherous walk before installations of bridges and the work put into improving and maintaining the track has turned it into a really easy walk.

Thank JayJay015
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Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a fantastic 4 hour hiking stroll - zero technical difficulty - to get such rewarding views, one usually has to endure a more strenuous trek.
What you need - a bottle of water, sunscreen, light waterproof. Hiking boots preferable, but not essential.
How to get there - follow signs to Mount Cook national park, and the signposts will be clear from the car park, or follow everyone else. There is only one track, and you return by the same. There is a toilet block before you leave. There are three sturdy swinging bridges, a simple toilet, and fantastic snow capped views en route. The destination is a lake, possibly a few miniature icebergs, and a peak at the peak through the clouds or more if you are patient. Four hours allows for a casual walking pace and plenty of photographs. Three hours would be a rush. Definitely worth the ride out to Mount Cook.

4  Thank johnni147
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Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

easy flat track most of the way. Took us about 4hrs return - 3hrs walking and spent about an hr at the lake taking in the beautiful scenery. Take food and warm clothes as it can get quite windy and give yourself plenty of time. We saw a lot of people on tour buses turning back and not going all the way till the end. It's a very popular track so best to go early in the morning. We went late afternoon, there were heaps of people walking but when we got to the end it was fairly empty and walking back around 6-7.30pm the track was practically empty, and the views in the with the sun behind the mountains are still quite beautiful.

2  Thank travelbuggy7810
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Reviewed November 17, 2014

We were originally just going to walk to the second swing bridge and turn around since we have 4 kids ranging in age from 3-12yrs. However, the walk is not a strenuous one, it is fairly flat so we decided to go ahead and continue the extra 30 minutes to the glacier lake and I'm so glad that we did. It is just so peaceful and picturesque sitting on the shores of a lake scattered with impressive icebergs and surrounded by towering snow capped mountains. Just take lots of snacks, and carve out enough time so that you're not rushed and can enjoy taking your time. The walk itself is beautiful as well. The drive out to Mt Cook is just as impressive as the road hugs along the bank of the stunning turquoise water of Lake Pukaki. This area quickly became one of our favorite places in all of the South Island!

4  Thank youngandtherestless
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