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Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown
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Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown

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Take a break from the hectic Queenstown streets with this trip into the mighty Southern Alps. Spend the day at Mount Cook Village, nestled in the shadow of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Enjoy free reign to set your own schedule, whether it’s hiking around the Alps, speeding around in jet boats or learning more about the mountains at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
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Martyk74 wrote a review Apr 2020
Corydon, Indiana3,384 contributions308 helpful votes
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2200 uneven steps. It’s no joke. This hike starts from the same car park as Kea Point and Hooker Valley. The Sealy Tarns hike is the first part of the hike to Mueller Hut. The views don’t change much after about half-way so don’t expect to round some corner at the top and see something completely different. My husband and I started off about 8:30 am on a cloudless March day. It wasn’t hot or it would have been a real killer. We have done strenuous hikes around the world but steps are harder than switchbacks. They seem relentless. We are in very average physical shape for Americans. We had to stop a lot to catch our breath. Got to the top in less than 2 hours. I could have done it a bit faster but my husband was really struggling. Fit people could definitely get to the top in 90 minutes or less. We didn’t continue on to Mueller Hut. In my opinion, this would be better as an afternoon or evening hike. In the morning, the sun is coming up behind Mt. Cook. Since there were no clouds, the light was very harsh. Going back down, I needed my trekking poles to relieve the constant impact on my knees. I’m not saying it isn’t worth doing if you like a challenge and high views but the Hooker Valley Hike is a better hike and completely easy. That being said, I think I would have been happier with the effort/reward ratio later in the day with better light and possibly some nice puffy clouds. My favorite image I shot on the hike was at about the half-way point because there was still some patches of fog that gave some dimension to the view.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Deborah K wrote a review Mar 2020
Caboolture, Australia232 contributions73 helpful votes
Very steep walk incorporating more than 2000 rugged stairs. Sturdy, narrow track with many switchbacks and no guardrails. Track begins at White Horse Hill Campground just outside Mt Cook village but you can walk from the village itself. Allow 3-4 hours (add an extra hour if walking from the village) to have plenty of rest stops and take in the stunning views of MT Cook, Mueller Lake, Hooker Valley trail, bridges and river, surrounding mountains and down the valley towards Lake Pukaki. There's a picnic table at the tarns but no facilities. Walking poles are a good idea to save the knees, especially on the descent. Can continue up from the tarns to the Mueller Hut, or branch off down low to detour to Kea Point.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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PboroBill wrote a review Feb 2020
Chapel Hill, North Carolina262 contributions86 helpful votes
This was our second hike of the day. I'm in pretty good shape (marathon runner). My wife is above average, but has a little bit of knee pain. We headed up the 2200 steps towards the alpine lakes. The first ½ mile or so is cake, but then the stairs start. They are varied height, length, pitch....(kudos to whoever put them in, because it couldn't have been easy!). Anyway - it was very slow going for my wife. We were passed by several people, and passed a few ourselves. We got to the tarns and they were just shallow sterile small clear ponds. There was a picnic table where you could go look at the glaciers on Mt Sefton, but nothing significantly better than the view from Hooker Valley IMHO. Being disappointed, we were goaded into continuing up to Mueller Hut as it was "only about another hour". We headed up along the rock scramble with no definitive path, just trying to get to the next orange pole. After an hour, I looked up and saw people much higher than us still ascending. I asked a person hiking down how much further and she said "another hour". We were running low on water and bailed. If you want to head up to Mueller Hut and have time, I'm sure it's a fantastic view. But going to Sealy Tarns by itself just isn't worth it IMHO, and an impromptu decision to go up to the hut without planning is unlikely to work as well. You get a couple good views, but it's slow going.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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奄尖港女 wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China61 contributions17 helpful votes
去得Mt Cook一定係行山⛰️,原本諗住行人人都去,人人都話靚,來回都只係3小時嘅平路Hooker Valley Trail, 但因為早牌落大雨,行山路線嚴重損毀而封閉,而逼住行第二條線 - Sealy Tarn Trail。 這條行⛰️徑冇野特別,只係一口氣要上二千多級樓梯,而梯級亦是鬼佬size, 為6尺高人仕而設,真是「級級皆辛苦」😫😫 唔怪得網中D人叫Stairway to Heaven, 講真,真係攰到差唔多要死,直接去見上帝😇 沿途不停問向下走的人幾時到,次次都講30分鐘就到,而人人都同你講 ‘ it’s worth’... 至於風景,當日有密雲☁️,沿途只是梯級,只見下面Kea point 愈來愈細, 同一位置,而冰川就愈走愈近⋯⋯問❤️嗰句,對比跟網絡上看到👀的.........只是個騙局(kidding, may be the weather not as expected)~~~ 奄尖港女用來回用了3小時45分鐘,2/3 時間上山,1/3落山...
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Date of experience: April 2019
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steved333 wrote a review Dec 2019
US125 contributions38 helpful votes
You can read there are more than 2,000 stairs, but when you are faced with yet another staircase, it will seem like much more. We had been tempted to go to the Mueller Hut but realized we were not in shape for it (much less carrying packs, like folks staying overnight). The Sealy Tarns was a good stop for us as we felt accomplished but not completely exhausted (despite rubbery legs at the bottom). The views on a sunny day were amazing. While the Hooker Track is also beautiful, this definitely gets you up high for those sweeping views over the valley and the mountains. We also added on the Kea Viewpoint for a different (and easy) perspective.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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