Mount Cook Sports & Outdoors

  • View from Sealy Tarns
    View from Sealy Tarns
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  • Mueller Hut in the Ice Fields
    Mueller Hut in the Ice Fields
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  • View from Kea Point
    View from Kea Point
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    Flights, hikes, horserides or skiing!!

    by rozehill Written May 15, 2003

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    Ski Boards

    Flightseeing over the mountains and glaciers is a very accessible thrill for all but many will prefer a closer connection with these wonders. Cross-country and downhill skiing, guided climbing, hiking, horse riding, camping, golf or mountain biking are just a few of the options for those who wish to take in some alpine air.

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    Kea Point

    by DSwede Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    View from Kea Point

    One of the more popular "short" hikes is up to Kea Point. From the Hermitage it may take 30~50 minutes depending on your fitness, each way. From the camping area is may take 20~35 minutes. The trail is well groomed and easy to walk, but there are still many rocks and is not entirely flat.

    In the entire path, you may only climb about 100m vertically, but will still get your exercise. At the end of the path, there will be a nice lookout where you can see the glacial moraine lake at the bottom and its respective moraine wall of rock debris. Off in the distance over the light blue water, you'll see Mount Cook.

    Another short path is Governor's Bush which is about 45 minutes round trip, mostly under the canopy of trees. This trail starts just below the gasoline pump station, below the Hermitage.

    Equipment: Good traction footwear is recommended. Water, hat and sunscreen are too.

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    Sealy Tarns

    by DSwede Written Jan 16, 2012

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    View from Sealy Tarns

    There are two trails in Mount Cook which will take you to two different "tarns" which are small alpine lakes.

    The lower trail which is "Red Tarns" is still a very steep climb of 45~70 minutes, but does not offer as nice of views.

    Sealy Tarns, which is accessed off of the Kea Point trail is a steep and physically demanding trail which will be about 1.5~2 hours each way. Once your at the sign post for the Tarns, there will be a small one to both your left and right. From either of these small ponds, you'll have great views and the perfect place for a picnic lunch.

    If the weather is nice, you can take a quick dip in the cool water and refresh yourself. The water may be slightly colored, but it will not stain.

    Equipment: Good traction footwear is recommended. Water, hat and sunscreen are too.

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    Muller Hut

    by DSwede Written Jan 16, 2012
    Mueller Hut in the Ice Fields

    One of the most physical of the trails in the park is the 6~7 hour round trip up to Mueller Hut. This trail follows the Sealy Tarns trail and continues where those taking their picnic lunches at the Tarns stop. From that junction, it is still another very physical 1.5+ hours up.

    There are some sections with loose rocks and the trail is marked with posts. There are also several snow/ice patches that will be present all year long. After you pass the Sealy Tarns, there are no trees to protect you from the sun or the weather, so plan accordingly.

    Many people choose to hike up, spend the night at the hut and hike down the next morning. Spaces are limited, but the hut has very nice furnishings considering you're at the top of the Alps.

    Equipment: Good traction footwear is recommended. Water, hat and sunscreen are highly recommended. A jacket too since weather can change rapidly.

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    Hooker Trail

    by DSwede Written Jan 16, 2012
    View of Hooker Lake and Glacier

    One of the more popular "long" hikes is up to Hooker Lake at the base of Hooker Glacier. From the Hermitage it may take 1.5~2 hour minutes depending on your fitness, each way. The trail is well groomed and easy to walk, but there are still many rocks and is not entirely flat. Once you get to Hooker Lake, there will be large rocks you will have to navigate and possibly some water you will have to cross.

    In the entire path, you may only climb about 200m vertically, which makes it one of the less strenuous of the long hikes in Mount Cook. At the end of the path, you'll find yourself looking directly over the length of Hooker Lake, at the calving end of the glacier with Mount Cook straight ahead. You can walk along the side of the lake as far as you want, but be careful since rock slides and avalanches are possible.

    It is a good place for a picnic and a swim if you like the cold water.

    Equipment: Good traction footwear is recommended. Water, hat and sunscreen are too.

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