Mount Cook New Zealand South Island Travel

Hooker Valley

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Somehow I’d missed writing about the magical place that is Hooker Valley, so here we are, a few months out, finally publishing this post.

On our second last night in Wanaka we made a last minute decision to change our hike from somewhere in Wanaka to somewhere in the Mount Cook National Park, just so we could see the national park in case we never went back to the South Island.

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We left super early in the morning as our impromptu trip involved a 3 hour drive one way to the national park.

It’s the South Island so it’s a given that the scenery on the drive there was beautiful as always. It was a cloudy day so we didn’t get to catch a glimpse of Mount Cook but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the day or the drive. We got to see the beautiful blue Lake Pukaki which was blue blue blue like Moraine Lake in Canada.

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The Hooker Valley walk (not a hike) is a 10km return trip, which takes about 3 hours to complete. It’s an easy walk that’s pretty flat, so I can see why it’s so popular. There were lots of people walking the track on the day we did it. I’d hate to think what it’s like during peak summer periods.

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The speck of red across the bridge is a person!
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My ever attractive walking get-up.
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It was one of the best walks we’ve been on, passing rivers and ending at a glacier where we ate our packed lunch of leftovers: pizza slices and a grain salad from the amazing Big Fig.

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We managed to go off the main road to explore for a little bit before rushing home to beat the sunset.

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You can find out more about this walk (which we HIGHLY recommend!!) here from the DOC website.

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