Hooker Valley Line in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand

Hooker Valley Track is the 4th and final road of our New Zealand trip, and by chance is the easiest of all. I guess we are really lazy after a tiring (super) rise to the top of Ben Lomond. But just because it’s easy, doesn’t mean it’s not an easy road to remember! The Hooker Valley Track is a 10 km walk from the mostly very flat lane, but has become one of the most popular lanes in the area because it offers beautiful views of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

How to get to Hooker Valley Track
Getting to Hooker Valley Track is quite easy – just follow State Highway 80 to the north and you will find traces of trail at the end of the highway.

The journey to Highway 80 took us along the waters of Lake Pukaki. Lake Pukaki is a glacial lake, and like all glacial lakes, it has an unusual color that I have never seen before. This is the bright color of bright blue / turquoise, so bright that it almost looks fake!

We definitely made a few stops for some amazing blue water photos from this lake. It helps that it is a sunny day too, the sun’s rays bring out the color of the lake even more.

What makes Lake Pukaki and other glacial lakes have brilliant colors? The greenish blue of the lake is caused by glacial flour from very fine rock particles originating from surrounding glaciers. And when the sun touches the surface of the lake, it reflects particles and turns the lake into the brilliant blue you see above.

The Hooker Valley Track Walk
Track overview
Distance: 10km
Change in height: 124m
Recommended time: 3-4 hours drive home. It took us 1.5 hours to reach Lake Hooker, …