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Mt Cook Guided Hikes

Available on request for groups of 4 or more. Please email for availability

Explore Mt Cook National Park with guided hikes of the Hooker Valley and McNulty's Tarns.

Enjoy breathtaking views of some of New Zealand's highest and most enthralling peaks. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides will tell you all about the unique flora and fauna of the region and the local history as you trek through this amazing landscape.

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McNulty's Tarns Trek

An adventurous 5 hour sub-alpine trek to one of the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Parks best kept secrets - a serene paradise above the valley floor.

Rising steeply from the Mount Cook Village, the Red Tarns Track leads to a set of beautiful alpine pools.  The mirror-like alpine tarns are some of the most photogenic in the park.  The top of the trail also features spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and its surrounding peaks.  Trek beyond the Red Tarns up to the hidden paradise of McNulty's Tarn where you will experience unsurpassed views.

This amazing hike is also available to do with experienced Japanese guides.

  • This trek is suitable for more confident and experienced hikers and requires a good level of fitness and mobility.
  • Correct clothing and footwear for the alpine environmnt is essential as weather can change quickly even in summer.
  • Please be aware that the distances and timings of the guided trek are up to the discretion of the guide on the day and may vary dependent on weather conditions, individual walking abilities and unforseen circumstances.
  • A minimum of two walkers is required for the tour to operate.
  • Children must be able to walk with the rest of the group.

Hooker Valley Day Walk

Take in the views of some of New Zealand's highest and most enthralling peaks. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides will tell you all about the unique flora and fauna of the region and the local history as you trek through this amazing landscape.

Half Day Hike (Elevation difference about 100m, Total Distance: approx 6km)

  • The hike departs the Hermitage Hotel on a short bus journey to the White Horse Hill campground, from here you will hike 1.5 Hrs across to the 2nd Swing Bridge
  • Views of Mueller Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook

Full Day (Elevation difference about 100m, Total Distance: approx 13.5km)

  • The hike departs the Hermitage Hotel
  • Hike to the Hooker Lake on the Hooker Valley track (round trip)
  • Views of Mueller Glacier, Hooker Lake and Aoraki/Mount Cook
  • Lunch will be provided over looking one of the many specatuclar sites (weather permitting)

Important Information:

  • Please ensure that you are dressed appropriately and have appropriate footwear to undertake the walk.
  • A minimum of two walkers is required for the tour to operate.
  • Minimum child age for this activity is 4 years old.
  • Children must be able to walk with the rest of the group.

Season and Departures

Operates mid November - end of April, subject to conditions.

What we supply:

  • Tea & Coffee
  • Friendly and informative guides
  • Breathtaking views around every turn
  • Packed lunch provided on full day walks

What to bring:

  • A small day pack
  • Flat soled, encolsed sturdy walking books or shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sun block and hat

Cancellation Policy:

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

Weather Conditions:
Ultimate Hikes Aoraki/Mt Cook 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.