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A tough climb rewarded

The Red Tarns Track is about 90% steps so even though it's only two hours long, it's a challenge... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Sarah53187
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Great walk

This is a great walk up many steps to a wonderful lookout with views of Mt Cook. You climb about... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2018
maureen f
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

The Red Tarns Track is about 90% steps so even though it's only two hours long, it's a challenge. Your efforts are rewarded by views of Mt Cook Village and the surrounding plain, ringed by mountains with Aoraki/Mt Cook taking centre stage. The tarns area...More

1  Thank Sarah53187
Reviewed 27 May 2018

This is a great walk up many steps to a wonderful lookout with views of Mt Cook. You climb about 300m so it does require a decent level of fitness!

Thank maureen f
Reviewed 2 May 2018

As others have mentioned, there are well built steps with 4x8 that goes up most of the section of the track. It's a thigh burning stair steppers. Views of the glacier lake and the Mount Cook valley.

Thank Marcel2trap
Reviewed 3 April 2018

Good solid uphill walk from the village, red tarn pools are interesting with a boardwalk around for better viewing, Views over the village, valley & mountains are excellent, well worth the effort. Considering the walk starts in the village their were surprisingly few people on...More

Thank ferrellius
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

If you are expecting a sedate saunter through the bush to get to the Red Tarns think again! Risingiver 1200m above sea level once you cross the bridge and set off into the woodland it's a continuous climb of wooden steps (over 1750 of them)...More

Thank ShaunandHelen
Reviewed 27 March 2018

This was a really cool hike. It was very hard going up and down. Their were numerous steps (somewhere I read over 1200 of them). But when you arrive at the top, what a wonderful view and sense of accomplishment!

Thank BillL2334
Reviewed 15 February 2018

This is the first part of the track leading up to the Mueller Hut. If you're not sure you're able to make it all the way to the hut because of weather or fitness levels, this section is pretty doable. Take your time! A) Because...More

1  Thank stephanie_sandiego1
Reviewed 10 February 2018

This is a difficult hike since it is 90% stairs and it feels like you're going straight up the entire time. I sadly didn't make it to the top, but I was told by other hikers that it was gorgeous!

Thank Catherine P
Reviewed 29 January 2018

We were looking for another hike to do after doing the Hooker Valley Track the day before. We settled on the Red Tarns Track because it seemed to be the most different from what we’d done the day before. It was very difficult, even for...More

Thank Gina N
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

You need experience if you want to hike to the top (Mount Sebastopol)! Good hiking shoes needed and take enough water! To go up to the red lakes is 1h, stairs are well organized, path is marked. If you want to go up more you...More

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