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.
Tasman Glacier Lake Walk: The Scenery
Just a few photos as it’s not a long walk…