Mount John Summit Circuit

Mount John Summit Circuit - Lake Tekapo Walkway, direct route to summit

Mount John Summit Circuit

Lake Tekapo Walkway, direct route to summit

Reviews

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From DK

Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk up to the observatory. Fantastic view. Ok café at the top. Enjoyed walking up and down.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sebasitian

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Less crowded than the Tekapo Village and 360 degree view of the surroundings. Drive up ($8) or walk up (40 minutes). Can get very windy, but an awesome lookout.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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David Horley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

This walk starts close to the Tekapo Springs and steadily climbs to the Observatory. Excellent views from the top!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Amy Smith

England

Ranking: 7/10

Nice walk, steep at times. On the occasion we visited, it was exceptionally windy, maybe the norm there. Great view from the top. A cafe at the top which is always nice.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Louisa Theimann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This DOC walk took about 45 minutes to the top of the summit, where an observatory and cute cafe was waiting for us. The walk itself was steep in some parts, but anyway suitable for families and seniors. It was very windy at the top and we had a beautiful view over Lake Tekapo.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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MARK CURPHEY

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

The views from the observatory are amazing. The walk is steep, but short and sharp. The cafe at the top is great. Plenty of parking just next to the town centre.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Bobbie Jones

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful easy uphill walk to the Summit of Mt John by Lake Tekapo. About a one hour walk unless you watch the sunset (highly recommend, just be careful on your way down).

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Susanne

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

A beautiful and not too difficult walk with a stunning lake and mountain view. Even on a sunny day enough space to find a peaceful atmosphere, not crowded.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Lauren Goebel

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Fairly easy trek, with stellar views of the lake from the top. Would suggest going midday as that is when the sun is overhead and the lake is at its brightest!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Clotilde Graziani

France

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Kim-Lara

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Up there you have an amazing view of the turquoise blue Lake Tekapo!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rebecca Wharton

England

Ranking: 10/10

What views!! Great area. Walking track to the Summit at Mt John. All really well signposted for trampers.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Matthias Thorn

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Go up to the observatory. Great views of Lake Tekapo and the scenery up to Lake Pukaki and Mt. Cook/Aoraki.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Denise Ewbank

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Went up the steep shorter route and down the much longer 'back' way. Breathtaking views at the top and on the way down. Strongly advise doing this way round!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Paul Wallace

England

Ranking: 10/10

Very well marked walk, we did it at 7am and had a great trek to the top. Steep in places but all on a path. Good 360 degree walk around the top - take your camera!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Monique Browne

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Night tour awesome. Free in daytime for amazing views.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Andreas Zapke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant views of Lake Tekapo and Southern Alps, coffee is waiting at the top.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Simone Pickert

England

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing scenery.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mike Pisco

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Very quick ascent to the top. Enjoy great views of Lake Tekapo. Come back down lake shore path. Amazing views the whole way down.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Wendy Ward

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous views of the area.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mark and Eefie

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Great view on top of the hill or the Blue Lake. Better than driving up there......

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Leticia Martin

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent hike that leads to the astronomical observatory on top of Mt John and to the Lake Tekapo itself.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Marjo Cousijn

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

One hour climbing and two hours walking, beautiful views over the lake.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Stephanie Kohlmann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Short walk on the top of Mount John (Observatory and nice cafe), which can be lengthened by alternative routes; spectacular view of the Southern Alps and the lake.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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nikitajmb

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing experience with breathtaking views of the glacier lake and snow capped mountains - We started off across the lake to the summit then down the forrest... a bit of a mission but well worth it when we got the day spa and hot springs :)

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Sally Gordie

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

The walk to the top of the mountain looking down on the lake are well laid out.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Christina Bruellhardt

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

We walked the short way up through the forest and enjoyed the fantastic view up there and walked the longer way down with great views all the way down!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Green UK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Stunning walk, maybe a little more information regarding strain of one hour versus two hours and lack of views on one hour track.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Robert McIlraith

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Worth the walk to the top for the beautiful view and coffee at the top.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Marilyn Mobley

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Outstanding view, lovely drive from Lake Tekapo. Loved it. Great cafe at top too. Great to watch weather and get sense of topography.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Jessica Lane

England

Ranking: 10/10

Small 1-2 hour walk up Mt John to the observatory. Great views of the lake, Mt Cook and the surrounding area. Also, saw a New Zealand Hawk!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Russell

England

Ranking: 8/10

Hard climb up but worth it.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Sarah Graham

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Up to the observatory, fairly steep - but so beautiful at the top.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Monique

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Track is very steep. No shelter from the sun. At the top is a restaurant with good coffee. Down is also very steep and through a lovely forest.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Harry Hammond

England

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk up to Observatory - quite steep and then gentle down. Around 2 hours. Lake Tekapo is a beautiful turquoise.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Sandra Milch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A bit challenging but best views ever.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Oppenoorth

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice view overlooking the area.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jennifer Sunderland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well worth doing this walk, 3 hour round trip and glorious views.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Andreas Neo

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very special view all over the landscape without taking much time. With Astro Cafe!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Leontine van Laar

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Walk up the hill (Mount John) for a good view over Lake Tekapo.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nuro

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome views, well worth the effort.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Yvonne German

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Breath taking views day + night

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Stephen M

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

A 3 hours walk with nice views of Lake Tekapo.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Maureen Pearman

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A demanding hill climb but the views of the lakes + Mt Cook from the top are amazing. Recuperate with a coffee at Observatory Café.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kevin and Teresa

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Steep track up to the observatory but it's well worth it as the view over the lake are extraodinary. The deep turquoise blue colour is so different to what you would normally see.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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KathrinS

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent signposting and timing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Kitty

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great views. the hike up is a bit strengthfull.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Birgit Haver

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

Also for cars, but we walked to the observatory 4km.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lasse Olesen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

A good healthy walk to the top where you can see Lake Tekapot and the mountains white snow.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Simon Bartholomew

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Easy walk (1/2 hour, steep at start). F'n unreal! Gorgeous! Could walk it every day + never get bored of it! 2hr walk.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Decuq

New Caledonia

Ranking: 8/10

45min. Very nice look out at the top.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Sarah Bridge

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We drove up - not a long drive and you are at the observatory - where the views are breathtaking. You can walk up as well. Once there, you can get a coffee and cake from the cafe.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Dave Ashun

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Favourite views above lakes.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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DC Melbourne

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Worth the uphill walk. Stunning views from the top although we later learned we could have driven there.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009