Mueller Glacier Waterfalls


Mueller Glacier Waterfalls

Unofficially named, Mueller Glacier Waterfalls are a series of periodic waterfalls taking their start from the Mueller Glacier, Mt Cook National Park. More spectacular in spring or early summer when the glacier is melting.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 43° 41' 31.2642"  E 170° 3' 57.1314"
Parking: Hooker Valley Rd, Mt Cook National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 1hr 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 40m Type of the waterfall: Glacier

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 43° 41' 31.2642"  E 170° 3' 57.1314"
Parking:     Hooker Valley Rd, Mt Cook National Park
Access:     1hr  return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Mueller Glacier Waterfalls are 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. A few minutes’ walk past the Memorial, as soon as you reach the lake shore, you'll see the waterfalls dropping into the Mueller Glacier terminal lake. The best view point is approached within 30-minutes of walk from the parking.

Return via the same track (30-minutes), or continue on to Hooker Valley Track (2.5-hrs return) to visit the Hooker Glacier, the lake and Eugenie Stream Falls.

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