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 highest mountain, and the same peak that Sir Edmund Hillary practised on before his successful ascent of Everest.
Explore Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie walks
We have listed a selection of walks and hikes to suit various abilities. For more detailed information, visit the Department of Conservation (DOC) or one of the visitor centres in the Mackenzie region.
- Aoraki / Mount Cook
- Burkes Pass
- Lake Pukaki
- Lake Tekapo
- Te Araroa Walkway - walk the length of New Zealand
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.