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Mt Cook Village & Hooker Valley, Canterbury

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Mt Cook Village & Hooker ValleyBeginner

Submitted by Tom Booth

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Trail Information

16.00km

230m

230m

 

Canterbury

Mt Cook Village

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Lakeside
Open ridges/tops

Beginner

2:15 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)

-5.1%

+5.4%

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Description

This route starts at the YHA (though can be started at the hotel for a 14km route or at the campground for an 8k route). From the car park of the YHA you will see a footpath, this runs between the hostel and the school. Step on to this and follow the track which goes across the road for a nice gentle flowing warm up through the village, follow this to the top of the village and up the steps. At the top of the steps turn right toward the hotel entrance and then start to follow the green DOC signs pointing to Whitehorse hill Campground and the Hooker valley.

Fork right when the track splits and keep following to Whitehorse Hill campground. From here cross the road and head on to the Hooker Valley track. From here its a 4k out and back to the viewpoint. Definitely worth a break on a clear day to admire the views! Then re-trace your steps back to your starting point!


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Features of interest

The whole Hooker Valley has views for days! Rivers, mountains and glaciers!! Hooker glaciers and views of Mt Cook at halfway on a clear day!


Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 85%

Gravel Road: 10%

Sealed Road: 5%


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  • Access

    YHA Mt Cook Village, route can be started at the Hermitage hotel (14k total) or the campground car park at the start of the Hooker Valley track (8k total)

    Car parking at Mt Cook village and at all 3 start points mentioned. The public shelter at the start of the Red tarns track has parking too and public toilets (the toilets at the YHA are NOT public toilets)

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    Navigation is pretty simple, everywhere is well signposted.

    Unknown.

    Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    Water can be obtained at the campground.

    As much as this is some prime trail running its also a favourite for tourists walking. I would strongly suggest getting out early as it's much quieter and you have to dodge less people.

    People are probably the main hazard on this one. As mentioned before go early and you will have no worries!

  • Post run indulgence

    Old mountaineers Cafe
    Near the Doc office
    https://m.facebook.com/theoldmountaineerscafe/
    Good food and good views.. What more do you need!!

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