Mount Cook area walk
This page outlines a walk in Mount Cook area of South Island. New Zealand. It goes from the last car park, near the original Hermitage, over three swing bridges to Hooker Lake which sits below Mount Cook itself.
10 Nov 2013 above the first bridge: Looking back down the valley to Lake Pukaki
Description of the walk
There are several day walks based on Aorkai (Mt Cook) Village as well as many more overnight and high mountain treks. The danger of the mountains is brought home in visiting the climbers memorial (just off this path) - with names of many young people who have gone out onto the mountains and never came back.
The start is at the last car park on the sealed road near the old Hermitage buildings (now long gone - destroyed on a major flood) - it then follows the Hooker Valley to the Hooker Lake, crossing the Hooker River three times by long narrow suspension bridges. It is a super walk - full of magnificent scenery: mountains, glacial lakes, moraines, snow, glaciers, wild flowers ...