The Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand: An Easy Hike with Spectacular Views

the hooker valley track suspension bridge

The Hooker Valley Track in Mount Cook National Park is an amazing walk. It is fairly easy and offers stunning views. This blog is about everything you need to know to conquer the trail for yourself.

The Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand

Most of the time, the easiest hikes offer very ordinary views. From my experience, I have found that the most incredible views come after long, tiring hikes uphill. The Hooker Valley Track in New Zealand is an exception to this theory as it is a simple and short walk with some views that you just have to see to believe.

If you are going to do one hike while you are in New Zealand, you should definitely consider doing the Hooker Valley Track. It is stunning!

mount cook reflected on hooker valley lake
Simply stunning!

 

This blog will give you all of the information you need to complete the Hooker Valley Track including how to best enjoy it!

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Where is the Hooker Valley Track?

The Hooker Valley Track is within Mount Cook National park only a couple minutes outside of Mount Cook Village.

Drive down Hooker Valley Road and you will find a large car park at the end (White Horse Hill Campground and car park.) From this car park there are several different trails, just follow the signs for the Hooker Valley and you will find the start of the track.

 

How long is the Hooker Valley Track?

The track is about 5km each way. You return on the same trail as the way there. It took us just over an hour each way, and we spent about 30 minutes at the end viewpoint.

Overall, the entire hike can be completed within 3 hours including stops for photos.

the bridge along the hooker valley

How difficult is the Hooker Valley Track?

It is easy, I would even go as far as to say that it was very easy. The path is asphalt and clear with little to no inclines. It is a very flat trail that often goes over wooden walkways and bridges.

It is a bit of a long walk at 10km return, but if you take your time any fitness level could complete the Hooker Valley Track. It is really an enjoyable hike for this reason.

the walkway along the hooker valley

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What do you see along the hike?

The Hooker Valley Track offers some incredible views. You will walk through a valley, over rivers, on suspension bridges and see views of Mount Cook, Mueller Glacier, Hooker Lake, and Mueller Lake.

What I loved most about the Hooker Valley Track was just how scenic it was from start to finish. It wasn’t one of those hikes that are only good at the end, the entire time the scenery is breathtaking!

 

What is at the end of the hike?

The amazing view of Mount Cook over Hooker Lake is the view at the end of the track or the main attraction. During clear days, Mount Cook reflects off of the lake making for an amazing picture.

the end of the hooker valley trail
If you make it to the end, you will get this amazing view!

When is the best time to visit?

The Hooker Valley Track is easily accessible all times of the year! In the winter the temperature will be colder but the hike is still easily doable.

 

The Hooker Valley at sunrise

The other day we got up at 4 am to hike the track for sunrise. We wanted to be at the lake to watch the amazing sunset and it was well worth the early wake-up call. The mountains reflected off the lake as the sun rose over the mountains. We had the whole area all to ourselves! So peaceful and beautiful.

mount cook is amazing
What an incredible hike!

 

Tips for walking the Hooker Valley Track

My best advice would be to go for sunrise to avoid the crowds. Other tips are to bring lots of water, wear sunscreen, and wear proper walking shoes.

the hooker valley track new zealand

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Overall the Hooker Valley Track was an awesome walk. I was thoroughly impressed with how beautiful it was! We will definitely hike the Hooker Valley Track again in the future, and you should too!

What is your favourite hike in New Zealand? Let us know in the comments!

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-Bailey

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