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Ultimate Hikes Aoraki Mt Cook Day Walks

The Mount Cook Encounter is a guided half or full day walk up the Hooker Valley, 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 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 13.5km return trek.

Daily departures all year round

View Mount Cook Guided Day Walk Options

  • Half Day 9:00 am Departure
    Half Day 9:00 am Departure

    Morning Tour
    Departs: 9.00am
    Returns: 12.30pm

    Afternoon Tour
    Departs: 1.30pm
    Returns: 4.30pm

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  • Full Day 9:00 am Departure
    Full Day 9:00 am Departure

    Departs: 9.00am
    Returns: 4.00pm

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Half day approximately 3.5 hours

Full day approximately 7 hours

What to bring

A small day pack
Walking boot or shoes
Warm clothing
Waterproof jacket

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 on the full day guided walk option

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