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Mt Cook area walks

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Mt Cook area walks

Hubby and I are staying overnight in Mt Cook and are looking for things to do. I've seen a few guided 'wildernees hikes/walks' advertised, is it possible to do these walks ourselves? Is it advisable?

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1. Re: Mt Cook area walks

Hi Nush :)

The walking tracks are suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There is no need to have a guide …govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/…

Please note the tracks listed above are the walking tracks. The tramping tracks in the area are for those with a high level of backcountry experience. Navigation and survival skills are required. If considering a tramping track a guide would be recommended.

It's a gorgeous area to explore, enjoy :)

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ps. interested in max 1/2 day hikes only.

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3. Re: Mt Cook area walks

A short walk, as you have requested, is to go to the Tasman Valley Road and on to the Tasman Glacier.

Easy walk but one of interest.

It is within sight of the lodge....

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4. Re: Mt Cook area walks

Hi Wanaka, Ron thank you for you responses. A week to go before we fly out, cant wait!

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Have a great flight and a wonderful trip. Hope you'll write up a trip review on your return home :)

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6. Re: Mt Cook area walks

There are several really great short walks, including Kea Point where you get to see the great Ice Shelf on Mt Sefton, with frequent avalanches. The Hooker Valley is also popular - walk for 1.5-2 hr towards Mt Cook, over 2 swing bridges. The Mt Cook buttercups should be in flower by now.

If you are fit the uphill climb to Sealy Tarns is also spectacular.

(note you've posted this under "West Coast", which is a long way from Mt Cook by road - some pesky mountains in the way!)

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