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One of the best hikes we have ever taken

We did the steep track up and the longer, gentler way down, we think a total of something like 8... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mequon, Wisconsin
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The views are worth it.

You have a few options to take in the 360 degree views from mt john observatory. Pay $8 and drive... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Maitland, Australia
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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All reviews steep climb nice walk worth the effort astro cafe mount john hot springs tekapo springs incredible views hot pools forest hike parts descend gentler terrain route lakeshore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the steep track up and the longer, gentler way down, we think a total of something like 8 km. Definitely recommend that order, since the views as you descend the longer, gentler way are drop dead gorgeous and doing it from the top...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marlie15
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

You have a few options to take in the 360 degree views from mt john observatory. Pay $8 and drive up.....well why would you do that! Start at the hot springs and take the well signposted track up. It. A short, not so steep walk...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank MarcusBridges
Reviewed 22 October 2018

We set off from the south end of Mt John from the car park. A pretty steep climb, but it saw us at the summit within 30 minutes. Wow such epic views. We then went and had breakfast at the lovely Astro Cafe ( with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kayla M
Reviewed 6 October 2018

It has gorgeous view up the hill I especially enjoy the longer track. The longer track to the hill is along the lake, very pretty in sunny days.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank VeraL2963
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Brizzexplorer
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LeighK82
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Incredible walk with multiple stopping points along the way to snap a picture. Easy walk and an ideal length.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank DeanneMillicent
Reviewed 14 September 2018

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. Looking at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank LiJH92
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank kinleyx
Reviewed 21 April 2018

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! We...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank HoneyBadgerBex
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Response from 777alsh | Reviewed this property |
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