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Gorgeous, especially from the longer track

It has gorgeous view up the hill I especially enjoy the longer track. The longer track to the hill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stunning view

It's a steep climb but totally worth it for the view at the top. Absolutely stunning scenery of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
+64 3-435 0802
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank VeraL2963
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Brizzexplorer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank LeighK82
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank DeanneMillicent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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

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

1  Thank HoneyBadgerBex
Reviewed 17 April 2018

Must be one of the best walks I have u der taken in a while. We took the lake track for the journey to the summit and came down through the tree track. Views are spectacular !

Thank Dyane H
Reviewed 18 March 2018

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

Thank Larry P
Reviewed 15 March 2018

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

1  Thank Tomirman
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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