Mount John via Lakeshore

Mount John via Lakeshore - Lake Tekapo Walkway

Mount John via Lakeshore

Lake Tekapo Walkway

Reviews

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Susanne

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning view!! Easy walk up and totaly worth it!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Liz

Ranking: 9/10

Quite steep 35 minute walk to summit. Wonderful views and good coffee

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

29Oct18. We love this walk especially as there is the cafe at the top. The walk is not too strenuous and includes the forest element and the open areas near the top. Great views.
Great cafe.
A longer walk down if the weather is ok.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Fredrik Lundberg

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views and a nice intermediate hike.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Nolwen

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice view up there of the lake and Southern Alps - very windy!! Easy walk along the shore on the way back.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anthony Terry

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Fabulous walk with diverse views but could have been better sign posted. Amazing at the top!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Celine

France

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome place, it was our first place to visit, beautiful view of the water, a lot of wind - but really nice view. Nice spot for a swim, even at 15 degrees.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Michael L

France

Ranking: 9/10

We have done a very nice walk at this beautiful lake. The view is amazing. The lake is cold for a swim but impossible not to go.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jean-Pierre Guillon

France

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice walk in a beautiful area with an amazing view of the Remarkable Lake. It is also great that they have a cafe at the top to enjoy coffee/tea etc.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Coralie Dhenin

France

Ranking: 8/10

One of the best views in New Zealand, 360 degree view, different landscape in the same place. Don't hestitate, do not miss this.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Marie

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This is the best track I have ever walked. Stunning was the 360 degree view from Mt Jon and an interesting observatory.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ivan Dupont

France

Ranking: 8/10

So windy but really beautiful, an amazing view of Tekapo Lake!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lucy Mulvin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning walk, the view is beautiful.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Mark

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice views, good climb.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jeroen Suijlang

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful on a sunny day. Great views, definitely recommend. Do not go there on a cloudy day.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Julian Kuemme

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Easy walk up to the Astro Centre. Beautiful view over the valley and Lake Tekapo.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Friederike

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Our first walk - good for beginners.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Anne and Steve Bartlett

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great views throughout the whole walk. 360 degree views from the top. Sheep and rabbits sighted, time 3 hours.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Eva-Maria Krueger

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

AWESOME walk!!!!! Easy walk with beautiful views!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Orla Hughes

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice trek, quite easy, lovely views.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Jesse Farrell

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Well maintained path, stunning scenery.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Cuz da Maori

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Crowded during the day, great 360 views but there is a slight boring factor, lots of hipsters with low grade dslrs getting around getting in your way hogging the good spots, shooing peoples children away...
Night time would be the best time to visit, view the stars, and maybe witness the Southern Lights :)

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2010

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Marie

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Windy and rainy day so it was not the best. We were happy to be on top - nice to see the lake and mountains.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Bettina Fluhrer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful view from the top of the mountains and an awesome place to have a break and enjoy the nature.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Stientje van den Heuvel

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Nice views.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Maarja

Estonia

Ranking: 10/10

Peace and quiet with breathtaking views. Met just a few hikers on the way. Challenging hike up the mountain - just as we like it.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Toomas Viilus

Estonia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk near the lake and mountains.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Abby Rushmer

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

stunning views across the lake and mountains.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Barbara Berkhout

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful view on the Blue Lake. Very accessible.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Marion Hassink

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very rewarding views of very very blue Lake Tekapo and surroundings. Coffee at the top of the hill.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Daniel Patricia

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Nice view of the lake and the village.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Jill Homewood

England

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely walk - taking steep road up the mountain and the gentle but long one down and along the shore. Not entirely free as there is a very good cafe at the summit.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Melanie Mathiak

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice half day walk with fantastic views of Lake Tekapo and surrounding mountains. With a pause is about 4 hours walk.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Chris Marsh

England

Ranking: 10/10

Super walk, varied scenic views. Weather can change, susceptible to strong winds in areas. Took approx 3.5 hours with 30-45 minutes rest at cafe.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Mike1952

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We did several great hikes on our NZ tour, but this one was the best.

First a climb up to the observatory and those stunning 360 views. Then lose most of the tourists by continuing on down to the lakeside for the return route. We had great weather but with a layer of snow on all the mountain tops. Breathtaking!!

The peninsula walkway (nearby) is also well worth doing.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Kornelia Kirf

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning without too many tourists! Best view we ever had!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Jim & Rebecca

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Various options - we did the steep climb through forest then after excellent coffee and muffins at peak did the 2 hour return across hills and back alongside lake.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Doris Neuber

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

3 hour walk.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Lauren Pestell

England

Ranking: 9/10

The views of the lakes at the top of Mt John are amazing and the guys in the observatory at the top are good to chat to. The loop walk was very enjoyable.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Jennie McIver

England

Ranking: 9/10

Challenging ascent to the summit but rewarding views and pleasant stroll back beside the Lake made all the better by the alpine springs at the bottom.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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bryfrance

France

Ranking: 10/10

A lovely walk from the lake up to the summit of Mt John. My 73 year old husband managed it and really enjoyed the challenge. Terrific views from the top.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Kaddi & Grego

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Walk the whole three hours circuit - it is worth it!

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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ChrisD

England

Ranking: 8/10

Snow capped mountains, turquoise waters... Need I say more!!

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Rolf X

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

A 2-3 hour walk where you get the full sight of the spectacular turquoise lake.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Ian E

England

Ranking: 9/10

Good walk up Mt. and back along lake.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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marianneb

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely walk along the lake then up/up/up to the observatory. Accurate signage.

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Peter Bowen-Simpkins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well signposted and marked. Very scenic and strongly recommended. (3hr walk)

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009