Hiking The Mount Cook National Park

The 8th most popular hiking trail in New Zealand.

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Southwest of Christchurch and northeast of Queenstown, the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park has a wide range of backcountry hiking options. There are hikes to two glaciers and opportunities to tramp over high alpine passes.

Overall, Mount Cook National Park is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 15 hikes in New Zealand.

Mount Cook National Park (NZ)

Mount Cook National Park (NZ)


Local Contact(s):  Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park 64-3-435-1186; Alpine Guides; Mt Cook Ski Planes; Southern Alps Guiding 03-4351-890.

Recommended Book:  "Tramping in New Zealand" from Jim DuFresne

Recommended Map:  "New Zealand Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Base Camp:  White Horse Hill Campground, Mt Cook Village

Luxury Loding:  Mt Cook Alpine Lodge

Breakfast Restaurant:  Old Mountaineer Cafe, Mt Cook Village

GPS:  -43.73916, 170.10994

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  8/10/2016

ID:  21133


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