Hooker Valley Waterfall

 

Hooker Valley Waterfall

Unofficially named, Hooker Valley Waterfall, more cascades on the creek rather than a waterfall, is located in Mt Cook National Park. Spectacular during spring or early summer.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 42' 2.3178" E 170° 6' 12.0054"
Parking: Hooker Valley Rd, Mt Cook National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Tramping track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 45min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 17m Type of the waterfall: Cascade

 

 


Walking and driving instructions

 

Hooker Valley Waterfall is roughly a 1.5-2 hours’ drive away from Lake Tekapo Village or 1hour 15min from Twizel. The road surface is always sealed.

From Lake Tekapo Village travel south on the SH8 for 50 km, then turn right into the SH80 and follow it for the next 54.5 km. Near Aoraki Mount Cook Village turn right into Hooker Valley Rd and follow it for the next 2.2 km until you reach a huge parking at the end of this road. There are picnic tables and toilets available there.

From the car park follow Hooker Valley Track – one of the most popular walk in the park. The track passes close to the Alpine Memorial, which is a great viewpoint, crosses the river via a swing bridge and leads to the Hooker Glacier. The waterfall appears on your right a half way between Mueller Lake and Hooker Lake. From here, continue on to Hooker Valley Track for 30-40 minutes to reach the Hooker Glacier, the lake and Eugenie Stream Falls. Return via the same track.

Don't expect a tall or powerful waterfall, it's rather a few cascades on the creek than a waterfall. But it's quite spectacular after a rain or during spring.

 


Waterfalls nearby (driving)

 

Attractions nearby

 

There are lots of tracks which start from Tasman Valley, including easy-walking and multi-days tramping ones. Please check the official DOC site to find them all.

The Tasman Glacier is the largest of several glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in New Zealand's South Island. It is New Zealand's longest glacier.

 


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