Single Day Guided Hikes
Aoraki Mount Cook offers many day hikes for keen walkers and trekkers. However, with an Alpine Trekking guide you can escape the 'beaten' tracks of the valleys of the National Park to safely explore quieter, less travelled places - with some of the best views on offer. Our day alpine trekking is for fit walkers who want to escape the crowd, to learn about our area, and the forces that shape the Southern Alps. Alpine Guides' day hikes operate every day, October through April. Advance bookings are required.
A fun ascent of 750 metres (approx. 2,475 ft), and a slightly shorter day than our other day hikes. Mount Sebastopol (1,468 m) is the closest peak to Mt Cook Village. The climb is by a maintained track, and then by an unmarked route with a short scramble up to the airy summit for lunch - with an incredible view!
Mount Wakefield Ridge
Wakefield dominates the eastern skyline of Mount Cook Village and sees very few hikers. Our day hike offers an ascent to a scenic point above Wakefield's mighty scree fans. This place, home to NZ Falcons, gives uninterrupted views of Lake Pukaki, Tasman Glacier, and the ice-draped peaks of the Main Divide.
Mount Ollivier via Mueller Hut
Follow in the footsteps of a young Sir Edmund Hillary to the rocky peak of Mount Ollivier (1900 metres), above Mueller Hut. This is a 1,100 vertical metre hike following a marked trail to the hut, before scrambling to the summit. Mount Ollivier is a long day (up to 10 hours). A high level of fitness is required.