Guide | Hike to Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk

There are plenty of walks in Mt Cook. The walks that provide spectacular views of the snow capped mountains. But on a rainy day, one has no choice but to opt for easy walks (Tasman Glacier View and Blue Lake Walk) so the day is not wasted. I just had one day in Mt Cook and I had to make the best of it. The weather was real bad and it was pouring continuously from the time I arrived.

I looked at the list of walks and shortlisted the two easy walks, one next to the other. The two walks were:

  1. Tasman Glacier View
  2. Blue Lake

The Tasman Glacier Walk was my favourite. The walk is about 1 hour return and has steps to get to the top. The view provides the icebergs melting on the lake. During winter, the lake is supposed to be frozen. But I was lucky enough to see the ice floating on the lake. It was breathtaking.

The Blue Lake provides view of the lakes that are supposed to be blue. But the lakes were green in colour. There is a board explaining why the lake is green. According to the board, a lake is blue when it is freshly melted from a glacier and green when the water is from rainwater.


  • Total Distance: 3.5 kilometres
  • Time taken: 1 hour return
  • Cost: FREE

I would recommend these walks if you are short of time and wants to make use of a rainy day.



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