Peak(s):  Mueller Hut Track, NZ - 6,000 feet
Date Posted:  04/29/2011
Date Climbed:   01/29/2011
Author:  slaggbottom

 Dreamy Views of the New Zealand Alps at Mueller Hut  

The Mueller Hut Track is a short and steep 5.2km, 1040m climb to a magnificient perch overlooking the heavily glaciated Mt Sefton, and NZ's tallest mountain, Mt Cook. The hut sleeps 30, and tickets are picked up first come first served at the Mt Cook Nat Park Visitor's Center each morning.

We hiked up into the clouds, and marveled as blue sky and a jaw-dropping vista emerged from the thinning clouds. The Mueller Hut Track exceeded expectations, and is a must visit if on the South Island. You could make a day hike out of it, though sunset and sunrise is worth spending the night for...

Full story and more pics:
Mueller Hut Day 1: A steep hike into cloud gives way to world class alpine views!
Mueller Hut Day 2: Brilliant pink skies amid gale force winds...!


 Comments or Questions

04/30/2011 05:49
wow those are great pictures! NZ is definitely on my to-do list. Looked like a great time!


04/30/2011 17:40
That is some magnificent scenery.


05/01/2011 00:28
Documentary and pics - I'll be cross referencing your reports when I start planning to visit NZ.
Thanks for posting!


Very cool
05/01/2011 21:37
Awesome pictures and a cool hike. Makes me wonder what I missed on the Routeburn Track since the clouds never cleared up.


05/06/2011 16:51
Stellar shots...I can't believe how BIG that hut is now. We climbed up to & camped in the Mueller hut in 1982 and it was SMALL...slept maybe 5 or 6. My favorite park on the South Island.

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