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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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Map Key

5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

Point to Point

3,292' 1,003 m

High

2,335' 712 m

Low

1,028' 313 m

Up

1,038' 316 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

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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.

Shared By:

Rich Field

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 6 votes

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in Tekapo

#10722

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  4.2 from 6 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1

in Tekapo

#105

in New Zealand

#10,722

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Photos

Lake Tekapo from Mt John.
Apr 13, 2018 near Mount C…, NZ
Lake Tekapo from the highpoint of trail
Nov 16, 2018 near Mount C…, NZ
Lake Tekapo.
Apr 13, 2018 near Mount C…, NZ
Approaching the summit of Mount John
Dec 7, 2017 near Mount C…, NZ

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