Tasman Glacier Lake Walk, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park NZ

A great short walk to the Tasman Glacier Lake foreshore, in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

Tasman Glacier Lake Walk, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

If you visit Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park there are a number of excellent short walks that you could do in the same day, or squeeze into the day you get there, or the day you leave. Visiting the Tasman Glacier Lake is one of these, and offers excellent views of the Tasman River Valley and of course the lake, all for under an hour’s walking.

The lake has only existed since 1974, (like me), and is getting longer as the glacier melts. The glacier itself is currently the longest in NZ, at about 27km, but I wonder whether glaciers in colder areas will eventually overtake it. The walk starts at the end of the Tasman Valley Road, not so far from various other walks in the Hooker Valley, and there’s information on the DOC website. It visits the foreshore, but there also short tracks to a viewpoint, and another to the Blue Lakes. We probably visited these but I didn’t take photos. 

Aoraki Mt Cook Day Walks 2015: Route Map
The Hooker Valley and Sealy Tarns Tracks start at either the White Horse Hill Campsite (shorter) or Mt Cook Village (longer). The Tasman Glacier Walk starts at the end of the Tasman Valley Road. All are on obvious tracks except above Sealy Tarns it’s a poled route.

Tasman Glacier Lake Walk: The Scenery

Just a few photos as it’s not a long walk…

Tasman Glacier Lake Walk, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
The Tasman Glacier Lake, and the glacier itself in the distance.
Tasman Glacier Lake Walk, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Tasman River Valley
Tasman Glacier Lake Walk, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Me backed by the Tasman River Valley.
Tasman Glacier Lake Walk, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Tasman Glacier Lake. Big and getting bigger all the time as the glacier shrinks. It’s the same age as me, being ‘born’ in 1974.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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