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There is the Astro Café where you can warm up and get some nice cake.
For the walk: Once in Tekapo, follow the signs to the ice skating rink (alpine springs, spa, and winter park). Before you reach the ice skating rink, look on your left for a clearing and path in the forest.
You’ll see a Department of Conservation (DOC) sign for the Mt John Walkway and another information panel with history of the area, details of the walk, and a map. It takes 1.5h up.
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The track is closed after dark. For astrophotography you would need to join one of the guided tours.