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It's a steep climb but totally worth it for the view at the top. Absolutely stunning scenery of the Lake and surrounding area. One of my most favourite view points I have seen so far. It's nice to stop off at the cafe at the...More
I did the 1-hour track from the car park to the top. It’s steep but the view is definitely worth it! I left it a bit late and the cafe was closed. Would recommend trying to get there before 3pm to enjoy a drink /...More
Took the shorter/steeper track to the summit and the longer/gentler track down. The surrounding peaks were still covered in snow because it was only spring, and with great sunny weather, the views were one of the best I had seen in New Zealand.
Park at the Tekapo Springs (Spar). We started through the forest, left to the spar.
It's about 1.7 km quite steep up the hill through a forest. Hardly any views at all. Then you already arrive at the summit. The views are in all directions...More
We did this hike on a sunny, but cold, day in April.
There is a somewhat steep ascent through forest and up to the observatory, but all on good path and no need for any navigation.
The views across the lake are absolutely breathtaking!
The "summit hike" up is about 45 minutes and moderately challenging. A young couple behind us with two toddlers had to turn back. The view from the top is rewarding and the circuit track around the lake (about another 90 minutes) has many nice views...More
Easy to find the steep zig-zag path up but we were disappointed at the lack of signs on the longer descent. We ended up rejoining the path we had come up on. At the bottom of the track the longer path is indicated but by...More
You can certainly drive up to the cafe ($8 NZ) it that itself is spectacular (not windy on the day we were there). From there you can see just about all of the circuit walk and make your own decision. I agree a stroller... More
You can certainly drive up to the cafe ($8 NZ) it that itself is spectacular (not windy on the day we were there). From there you can see just about all of the circuit walk and make your own decision. I agree a stroller won't work. You could even walk part of the circuit - say to the small summit and back. Some of our group were feeling lazy and stayed at the cafe and we waved to them from the summit. The energetic ones in our group walked up to Mt John from Lake Tekapo Springs - this would be tough with a baby unless you are very fit.