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Hooker Valley, Southern Alps

Location
This park is located in the central part of the South Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. Aoraki/Mount Cook village lies within the park with Twizel the nearest town outside.
Description

Aoraki/Mount Cook (70,696 hectares) is New Zealand's great alpine park. It has the highest mountains and the largest glaciers. Aoraki/Mount Cook Village and all visitors to the park are dwarfed by the immensity of the landscape that surrounds them.

Aoraki/Mount Cook was established as a national park in 1953 from reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant vegetation and landscape.

Begin at the Visitor Centre or White Horse Hill camping areas. Starting from the camping area reduces the time by 45 minutes. One of the most popular walks in the park, it leads up the Hooker Valley towards Aoraki/Mount Cook. The track passes close to the Alpine Memorial, which is a great viewpoint. Continue on to Hooker River and cross twice on swing bridges before reaching Stocking Stream Shelter. Continue beside the river to its source to reach the Hooker Glacier terminal lake.

From the village: 1st swing bridge: 1 hr 30 min return, 2nd swing bridge: 2 hr return, Hooker Lake: 4 hr return·

Easy to moderate walking from a few minutes to a day·
Track is mostly well formed, some sections may be steep, rough or muddy·
Suitable for people with low to moderate fitness and abilities·
Clearly sign posted. Stream and river crossings are bridged·
Walking shoes or light tramping/hiking boots required

Duration
4.0 hours
Level
Medium
Amenities
  • Tramping
Source
www.doc.govt.nz
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