Hooker Valley Track in early spring

The Hooker Valley Track is one of New Zealand’s premier walks.  It is among  our highest mountains and follows the Hooker River to the Hooker Glacier Terminal  Lake, a trip of about three hours (return).  We walked the track on a calm and sunny day in early September.

Mueller Glacier Lake

Mueller Glacier Lake, Mt Sefton and The Footstool, early on the track

 

First of three swing bridges

First of three swing bridges, over the  Hooker  River

 

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Hooker River

 

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Mt Sefton

 

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Heading up valley

 

Second swing bridge

Second swing bridge

 

...and its Footstool from secong bridge

The Footstool from second bridge

 

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Aoraki Mt Cook

 

Stocking Shelter

Stocking Shelter

 

View of Aoraki Mt Cook from Stocking Shelter

View of Aoraki Mt Cook from Stocking Shelter

 

Boardwalk

Short section of boardwalk

 

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Hooker Glacier Terminal Lake

Hooker Glacier Terminal Lake

 

Low peak of Aoraki Mt Cook with the West Ridge leading up left, South (Hillary) Ridge from the right, Middle Peak in behind and High Peak hidden from sight.

 

Avalanche path down to the lake, and avalanche debris then blown down the lake by wind.

 

end of lake

 

avalanche debris

Avalanche debris

 

iceberg

Iceberg and avalanche debris

 

Third bridge on our return

Third bridge on our return

 

bird on matagouri

Birdlife on the track, male chaffinch on matagouri bush

 

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