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greenBlue Mount John Walkway

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5.2 mile 8.3 kilometer point to point
Paved Path
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,028' 313 m
Descent: -1,038' -316 m
High: 3,292' 1,003 m
Low: 2,335' 712 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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This trail features 360-degree scenic views of Lake Tekapo, the Southern Alps, the Mackenzie Basin flats and beyond.

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Description

The track itself is nothing special but the views from the top are spectacular. The start of the track is a formed walkway that is steep in places but climbs steadily through mixed forest. When you leave the forest, you'll arrive at a tussock grassland field. This is exposed, so be prepared for any weather.

Keep heading up until you see some steps—these are your last push before you reach the summit where you'll be rewarded with amazing views, a toilet, and a cafe. If it's really sunny, the observatory buildings provide some welcome shade.

You can head back down the way you came or complete the summit circuit track (as mapped), which will take you down the other side of the hill and back along the shoreline of Lake Tekapo.

Flora & Fauna

The track starts out in bush before opening out onto the scrubland summit.

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Mar 18, 2019
Joey Altchech
Nov 9, 2018
Matt Schmitt
hiked most of the way to the Astro cafe. cloudy unfortunately. 2mi
Oct 13, 2018
zeesix
Aug 26, 2018
Eli Sam
1.1mi

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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#69

in New Zealand

#4,386

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