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Kea Point or Hooker Valley

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Kea Point or Hooker Valley

Hi,

Please advise if we only have half day in morning, which walk trail will be a better option.

We will not have a car. Where are both trail accessible? Can we easily reach the access point by feet or any transport from Hermitage?

Appreciate some input. Many thanks.

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1. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

…govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/…

the above website has excellent info on the walks. Walks basically start very nearly the hermitage so no transport required, you can walk from the hermitage. We enjoyed both.

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2. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

What season? In early summer Hooker is wonderful as you have great views of the herbfields. Kea Point has views over the Mueller Glacier.

The Hooker track includes swingbridges - some people find them scary, others find the fun.

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3. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

Hi,

Thanks to Poppynz and Jean W for the helpful information. We will be there mid of Nov :)

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4. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

On arrival in Mount Cook Village visit the DOC station for maps and advice on the latest weather and trail conditions.

Enjoy :)

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5. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

Kea Point is very easy (almost stroller-able) and almost boring at first, but the wow factor is the (unfenced) views of the end of the Mueller Glacier - dirty & quite ugly at this point. In November you will see & hear avalanches almost constantly from the steep slopes of Mt Sefton. The track begins from the road behind the Hermitage, only a minute from the cafe!

The Hooker Valley requires better footwear, as it is more up-and-down & rocky. You need to walk to the campground at Whitehorse Hill first, from the same starting point as Kea Point. As it is a there and back route you can turn round at any time. The views get better the further you go but you don't have to do the whole 3 hours. Many people turn round after the 1st or 2nd swingbridge.

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6. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

Hi,

Some wimps don't make it over the first bridge :-)

If I could only do one walk at Mt Cook it would be the one up past the "blue pools" (read green) to the lookout over the terminal lake. AMAZING!!

Cheers,

Cheers,

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7. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

For the hooker valley track, make sure u go right to the end. The glacier face is beautiful!!!! lovely place to "chill" and take pics.

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8. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

Hi All,

Thanks for sharing and advise on footwear. We certainly excited and hope finish the walks if time and weather allows.

We will be there end of Nov. What time of the day in afternoon is not too late to start a walk? We will go for heli landing at 3.30pm first upon arrival by Greatsights coach.

Looking forward for the stunning views

Thanks again.

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9. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

I've never been during Summer, but I guess u can take slightly longer because the sun sets later in the day.

You can power through the walk, but for us, we took our time to suck in the scenery as well as take lots of pics.

The 3 times I've been have all been in Autumn. We started around 11am and got back to the car park just before sunset on all occasions. About 5.5 hours return for us.

But don;t worry, the return leg back to the car park has always been faster for us, maybe because there were less stops and we were hungry? hahahaha

This shot was taken at the end of the Hooker valley trail

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Edited: 16 September 2013, 06:56
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10. Re: Kea Point or Hooker Valley

Michicoe

The other half day walk you could take a look at is the Red Tarns, what's different about this one is that it is a climb up to an elevated view of the village, Mueller terminal lake, Hooker Valley and Mount Cook itself. Hooker Valley and Kea Point are flat walks but if you like elevated views then Red Tarns is great. It's pretty short but steep.

Sealy Tarns is also another one but quite a bit longer than Red Tarns.

Here's a photo I took at Red Tarns: www.flickr.com/photos/nztrails/9770624083/

The Hooker Valley is visible in the distance and you can see you get an excellent view of the mountain and whole area.

Enjoy your trip.

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