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.

Guide | Hike to Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk

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
Guide | Hike to Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk

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.

Guide | Hike to Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk

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.

Guide | Hike to Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk

Logistics

  • 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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