Hooker Valley to Mueller Lake Lookout

Posted by Anna on 3 November 2017 | Comments

We need a new type of wheelchair. The plan today was the Kea Point walk. We had high expectations. Both the DOC track information and the "Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Day Walks" given by the motel listed it as easy "This walk gently winds its way through subalpine grasslands and scrub to the Mueller Glacier. Sounds good...

Our past experience of starting this walk from Mt Cook Village and having to cross the moraine river bed (Bruce got called superman by a tourist) should have been a good indication that the track description was misleading.  We started at the Whitehorse camping ground. There are picnic tables, shelter and accessible loos. The track started out as a pretty good firm packed gravel surface about 1 metre wide. The track gently rises up through clumps of Matagouri. It took us about 10 mins to get to the next signpost. The following section of track was not steep but has some serious rocky sections with boulders and jaggered rocks. KeaPt rocks

To most this would be impassable. We tried an off track by pass which turned out as challenging as the grass was soft and uneven. That was just as well, as we flipped out for an unplanned rest! We continued on to the Mueller Hutt sign turn off and met some friendly Chinese for a photo stop.

Then we had to abandon the walk.

Total time 1 hour. NB This track could be made wheelchair friendly without too much effort.