19 Apr 2019

Hiking the Governors Bush Track, Mount Cook National Park

This short, easy hike takes you up through exotic forest to viewpoints above Mount Cook Village. You’ll see heaps of mountains, a waterfall, and some great views and you can combine it with the nearby Red Tarns Track for a more challenging hike. Keep reading for more information about this

03 Apr 2019

Driving the Scenic Road to Mount Cook

In a country full of scenic roads, the road to Mount Cook stands out as one of the most spectacular. The Southern Alps, including Mount Cook, are on full view as you skirt the bright blue waters of Lake Pukaki. Thinking of driving the scenic road to Mount Cook? Keep

08 Feb 2019

Hiking the Tasman Glacier Track, Mount Cook National Park

New Zealand has glaciers, but they aren’t quite what you may be expecting. Instead of the crisp blue slabs of ice seen elsewhere in the world the glaciers in New Zealand tend to be small, far away and covered in a layer of grey sediment. The walks to see these

20 Nov 2018

Hiking the Red Tarns Track, Mount Cook National Park

You’ve probably heard of the Hooker Valley Track, by far the most popular hike in Mount Cook National Park. While that hike deserves all the praise it gets, there’s heaps more to explore in the land of New Zealand’s tallest mountains. The Red Tarns Track, a steep two-hour hike (return)

29 Aug 2018

Lindis Pass: A Scenic Stretch of Road Between Queenstown and Mount Cook

The journey between Queenstown and Mount Cook is a scenic one, and one of the most impressive stretches takes you through the Lindis Pass. It takes around an hour to drive and there are several places to stop along the way. It’s a great place to drive, especially in winter,

Freedom camping near Mount Cook, New Zealand
18 Apr 2017

Freedom Camping Near Mount Cook: Lake Poaka

Why Freedom Camp at Lake Poaka? It’s free! That, and the fact that you’re vehicle doesn’t have to be self contained, makes Lake Poaka a great place to freedom camp near Mount Cook. It’s also quite a scenic little lake, especially in autumn. Getting to Lake Poaka Lake Poaka is

03 Apr 2017

Hiking the Kea Point Track, Mount Cook National Park

Why Hike the Kea Point Track? The hike along the Kea Point Track (roughly 1 hour return) ends at a viewpoint where you’ll see some of Mt Cook National Park’s most marvellous mountains, including Mount Cook and Mount Sefton. It’s a lot shorter than the more well-known Hooker Valley Track,

Hiking the Hooker Valley Track, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
23 Mar 2017

Hiking the Hooker Valley Track, Mount Cook National Park

The relatively easy Hooker Valley Track opens up to some great views of Mount Cook (also known as Aoraki in Maori), New Zealand’s tallest mountain. There are also other mountains to catch your attention, as well as three bouncy suspension bridges and the possibility of seeing kea (native New Zealand