Aoraki/Mount Cook Hooker Valley Hike

Duration:

Full day

Time:

8am to 5.30pm

Includes:

Accommodation transfers, luxury vehicle and private guide

Additional:

Picnic lunch

Available:

October to April (depending on snow levels and weather)

Distance:

10km/6.2 miles return, 2.5 to 3.5 hours return

Rating:

Easy

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Wonder at dazzling iceberg lakes, sky-scraping peaks and spectacular glaciers.

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge. Sit back and enjoy constantly evolving landscapes through the dramatic Lindis Pass from comfort of your own Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van. Never miss a photo opportunity with flexibility to stop, jump out of the car and breathe in the crisp mountain air wherever and whenever you like.

Discover picturesque Lake Pukaki, a glacial lake that’s famed for its milky turquoise colour, before arriving at spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook. Aoraki means Cloud Piercer and its peak reaches 3,724 metres (12,218 feet), making it New Zealand’s highest mountain.

We begin our hike in the renowned and sacred Tōpuni area of the Hooker Valley. Learn about rich Māori history and the ancient legends that surround this region as we traverse across the first of three swing bridges, soaking up views across Mueller Lake and Mount Sefton.

Winding through the Hooker Valley, keep an eye out for the Mount Cook buttercup (the world’s biggest buttercup) and local wildlife including the cheeky kea (New Zealand's native and the world's only alpine parrot), chamois and deer. Enjoy sweeping alpine views, snow-capped mountain peaks and vast open valleys sprawling with alpine tussocks before arriving at the terminal glacier lake.

Here we pause to soak up views of majestic glaciers, towering Aoraki/Mount Cook and the spectacular Southern Alps before returning along the same track.

Our local guides love being able to tailor each tour to suit your interests, tastes and abilities. Contact us to learn more about this experience, one of the top five day hikes in New Zealand.

Hooker valley hike
Hooker valley hike
Hooker valley Hike
Hooker valley Hike

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Wow!!! What an outstanding day

We have fallen in love with Queenstown after this tour. Lee is so knowledgeable and passionate about the area and adding his passion for gold mining and vast historical knowledge of the area we had an unbelievable personal Queenstown experience. We drove down into Skippers canyon and were surprised with a delicious morning tea at the school house. This was followed by panning for gold at deep creek and a stone skimming competition. Both Lee and Paul were so amazing with our young children (both pre school) that this was their highlight (as well as ours) of the trip. Highly recommend Alpine Luxury Tours to anyone. AMAZING........

Mike
Incredible Service and Great People

We spent a week in Queenstown using Lee and Alpine Luxury Tours to book several outings: two hikes (one on the famous Routeburn trail) one helicopter day trip to Milford sound with lunch, and an afternoon of wine tasting. Lee was friendly, professional and accessible at every stage of the trip, particularly as weather changes called for flexibility in our itinerary with the helicopter tour and also to change a planned hike on a particularly rainy day to a driving tour of Wanaka. On the walking days we were guided by the delightful and knowledgeable Lisa who shared so much about the flora, fauna, history, culture and adventure sports in the Queenstown area. Lee personally guided us on the wine tour and his deep local relationships and great knowledge of the region and local wines made for a fun, informative, and indulgent afternoon. The heli tour to Milford Sound with Craig was a highlight - memorable views and a picnic lunch in an unbelievably scenic spot - waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, a delicious wine and sandwiches — we didn’t want to leave. Highly recommend choosing Alpine luxury tours.

IndyBee
Milford Sound Private Tour 10 Pax

Excellent!!! The communication with Lee on this booking for 10 of us was prompt and informative. Our driver/guide, Rob who drove us to Milford Sound is a very good driver. On top of that his knowledge of the region is amazing. Alpine Adventures even managed to book us a last minute scenic flight back to Queenstown for half of us. I highly recommend Lee and his amazing team.

CindyBeezeebee, Malaysia
Amazing heli picnic surprise

The private picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls was really the icing on the cake of a surprise holiday to Queenstown for my wife and 2 young girls (4 & 2yo). Such an amazing experience. All the staff were so friendly, helpful and professional. Our pilot Craig was outstanding, talking to us throughout the flight, pointing out areas of interest, managing everything including my 2 young children with ease. After a magical glacial flyby we landed at Earnslaw Burn where the kids had such a fun time skipping rocks in the water. Craig setup a wonderful picnic for us and unobtrusively made himself scarce whilst we enjoyed and soaked up the scenery. Words cannot describe the majestic beauty of this place and whilst all the photos you will take will be stunning even they cannot do it true justice. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Sim Turner Sydney, Australia