Hooker Valley Grasslands

The Hooker Valley walk begins from a carpark a short distance from the remote Mount Cook Village. Travelling over a large swing bridge and then along a path cut into the cliff-side no wider than a footpath above a roaring river. You eventually cross another bridge and emerge into the grasslands of the Hooker Valley, surrounded but enormous mountains. The track ends at the terminus of the Hooker Glacier, winding down from Mount Cook towering above.

The whole trip is only around 4 hours return and would have to be one of the most amazing walks in the world. I’ve done it a few times now, with the last trip interrupted by an avalanche that took out the safety fences that prevent walkers from tumbling into the river in the early parts. About 20 of us were stranded and had to be airlifted out. Sometimes you forget just how remote some of these places are!