Nice walk up to the observatory. Fantastic view. Ok café at the top. Enjoyed walking up and down.
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.
This walk starts close to the Tekapo Springs and steadily climbs to the Observatory. Excellent views from the top!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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Up there you have an amazing view of the turquoise blue Lake Tekapo!
What views!! Great area. Walking track to the Summit at Mt John. All really well signposted for trampers.
Go up to the observatory. Great views of Lake Tekapo and the scenery up to Lake Pukaki and Mt. Cook/Aoraki.
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!
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!!
Night tour awesome. Free in daytime for amazing views.
Brilliant views of Lake Tekapo and Southern Alps, coffee is waiting at the top.
Very quick ascent to the top. Enjoy great views of Lake Tekapo. Come back down lake shore path. Amazing views the whole way down.
Fabulous views of the area.
Mark and Eefie
Great view on top of the hill or the Blue Lake. Better than driving up there......
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Excellent hike that leads to the astronomical observatory on top of Mt John and to the Lake Tekapo itself.
One hour climbing and two hours walking, beautiful views over the lake.
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.
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 :)
The walk to the top of the mountain looking down on the lake are well laid out.
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!!
Stunning walk, maybe a little more information regarding strain of one hour versus two hours and lack of views on one hour track.
Worth the walk to the top for the beautiful view and coffee at the top.
Outstanding view, lovely drive from Lake Tekapo. Loved it. Great cafe at top too. Great to watch weather and get sense of topography.
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!!
Hard climb up but worth it.
Up to the observatory, fairly steep - but so beautiful at the top.
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.
Nice walk up to Observatory - quite steep and then gentle down. Around 2 hours. Lake Tekapo is a beautiful turquoise.
A bit challenging but best views ever.
Nice view overlooking the area.
Well worth doing this walk, 3 hour round trip and glorious views.
Very special view all over the landscape without taking much time. With Astro Cafe!!
Leontine van Laar
Walk up the hill (Mount John) for a good view over Lake Tekapo.
Awesome views, well worth the effort.
Breath taking views day + night
A 3 hours walk with nice views of Lake Tekapo.
A demanding hill climb but the views of the lakes + Mt Cook from the top are amazing. Recuperate with a coffee at Observatory Café.
Kevin and Teresa
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.
Excellent signposting and timing.
Great views. the hike up is a bit strengthfull.
Also for cars, but we walked to the observatory 4km.
A good healthy walk to the top where you can see Lake Tekapot and the mountains white snow.
Easy walk (1/2 hour, steep at start). F'n unreal! Gorgeous! Could walk it every day + never get bored of it! 2hr walk.
45min. Very nice look out at the top.
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.
Favourite views above lakes.
Worth the uphill walk. Stunning views from the top although we later learned we could have driven there.