Short Walks Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie

You don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the splendour of New Zealand's great alpine park - Aoraki / Mount Cook. This huge outdoor playground has plenty of gentle short walks, day hikes for those with a bit more huff and puff, and lengthier tramps over alpine passes for the more intrepid. Head out on foot here to experience beautiful native bush, panoramic views of the Southern Alps, New Zealand's highest peak and ever-changing glacial landscape.

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New Zealand Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation (DOC) Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip

    Ask locals about the walking track and how long you can reasonably expect it to take or visit the nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions of DOC tracks.

  2. Tell someone

    Tell someone your plans, especially if you’re heading out alone. Leave a time that you will be back.

  3. Be aware of the weather

    New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. is a good tool but also ask at your accommodation provider or the local DOC / i-SITE Visitor Centre.

  4. Know your limits

    It's good to challenge yourself, but only within your physical limits and experience.

  5. Take sufficient supplies

    Even if you're just going for a couple of hours, make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.

Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie short walks