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Japanese Ultimate Hikes Aoraki Mt Cook Day Walks

A guided half or full day walk up the Hooker Valley with a Japanese speaking guide, providing breathtaking views of some of New Zealand's highest and most enthralling peaks.

From The Hermitage Hotel we head to the White Horse Hill camping ground. Enjoy a stunning 4.5km return trek along the well-maintained track on the half day guided walk. The journey takes in the poignant Alpine Memorial and passes over the turbulent Hooker River by swingbridge to unsurpassed vistas of Aoraki Mount Cook's south face and the surrounding glaciers. As you walk, your Japanese speaking guide will tell you about the unique flora and fauna of the region and the local history.

The full day guided walk continues to the terminal lake of the Hooker Glacier, a 8km return trek.

Daily departures all year round

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Half day approximately 3.5 hours

Full day approximately 6.5 hours

What to bring

A small day pack
Walking boots or shoes
Warm clothing
Waterproof jacket
Sunblock & sunglasses


What is supplied

A waterproof jacket can be provided if required.

Please ensure that you are dressed appropriately and have appropriate footwear to undertake the walk.

A packed lunch is supplied (included in price for full day walk only)

Weather Conditions

Mount Cook Encounter Day Walks operate in almost all weather conditions. However, the safety and enjoyment of our customers and staff are paramount and should we need to cancel due to extreme weather a full refund will be offered.

Cancellation Policy

Within 48 hours of departure - 50% of the total price
Within 24 hours of departure - 100% of the total price