About the Route


Aoroki, or Mt. Cook, has one of the most striking landscapes in the world. This is in part due to it featuring snowcapped mountains that rival the Cascades in their majesty, and partly due to those mountains overlooking pale turquoise glacial lakes surrounded by meadows and wildflowers. If you start at Mount Cook Village, almost every trail out of town will be phenomenal. However, the most popular routes are the Hooker Valley (3 miles), Mueller Hut (6 miles), Sealy Tarns (3.5 miles), Red Tarns (1.5 miles), Kea Point (2 miles), Tasman Lake (2 miles), and Tasman Glacier View (1 mile) tracks.

“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

To enjoy Mount Cook, there’s no need for a car, as the trailheads are all steps away. It’s ideal to be based in the village and head out each day for a different hike, so you never have too much to carry. However, you can also do several multi-day hikes utilizing public mountain huts, including Mueller Hut. But you’ll need to plan well in advance, as bookings for the season open in New Zealand’s winter – around July – and sell out extremely quickly.

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