Walking and Hiking in Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie
The Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world; we also have some of the best walks and hikes you'll find anywhere.
When it comes to trekking, walking, tramping and hiking, the Mackenzie region has something for everyone - from easy half hour walks along formed paths, to alpine hikes that can last days and take you into the vast wilderness of the Southern Alps. For the particularly hardy adventurer there is even mountain climbing on Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain and the same peak that Sir Edmund Hillary "practised" on before his successful ascent of Everest.
The climate in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park and surrounding areas can be very changeable, and it is always wise to prepare yourself for bad weather, no matter what the weather forecast predicts. For longer walks or tramps always register your intentions at the nearest Department of Conservation (DOC) office, so that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return.
We have listed here a selection of walks and hikes to suit various abilities. For more detailed information, contact DOC or the Lake Pukaki Information Centre.