Mount John Walkway
ElevationAscent: 1,028' 313 m
Descent: -1,038' -316 m
High: 3,292' 1,003 m
Low: 2,335' 712 m
GradeAvg 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.”— Rich Field
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.