Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory Tour


One of the darkest and clearest places for stargazing in the world

  • Free Cancelation - 7 Days Notice
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  • 2 Hrs Duration
  • English / Chinese
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  • Meet Up With Guide
  • 2 hour guided tour of the night sky at Mt John Observatory, part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, and one of the best places in the world for stargazing
  • Chance to spot Jupiter, Orion Nebula, Centaurus A and other beautiful star formations using state of the art telescopes for clearer observation
  • Astrophotography services pending availability
  • Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and jackets to keep warm and comfortable while you stargaze
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  • MAN KIT 5 Jan 2019
    Very great service. The guides were very knowledgable!

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What To Expect

Mt John Observatory is located in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, one of the least light polluted places in the world, which is vital for optimal stargazing. On a clear night, Jupiter, Orion Nebula and other well known stars can be seen from the observatory site. This two hour tour comes with a knowledgeable guide that will lead you in observing constellations and stars whilst sharing information about the observatory and sights. There will also be an astrophotographer on hand to assist you in capturing the perfect photo of the sparkling night sky! This experience is suitable for amateurs and astronomers alike, so dress warmly and get ready for a night of discovery.

Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory
Enjoy an unforgettable experience star gazing in one of the least light polluted places in the world!
Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory
At Mt John Observatory you might even see the Orion Nebula
Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory at day time
Explore one of the world's most advanced observatories
Activity Information


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
Inclusive Of

Inclusive Of:

  • 2 hour guided tour of Mt John Observatory
  • Free use of a 16 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope inside a permanent dome
  • Use of US Antarctic Expedition Jacket
  • Souvenir solar powered LED flashlight
  • Complimentary hot chocolate
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 8-17
  • Children under the age of 8 cannot participate on this tour for safety reasons
  • It's required that one adult to every two children to assist in their supervision
  • Tours may be canceled due to gale-force winds or raining, or when Mt. John is too dangerous due to ice or snow, in which case a full refund will be given
  • Tours will still continue and be adjusted if it is cloudy, you will explore some of the research facilities which we don't normally see on clear nights because research astronomers are usually using them at night
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher to redeem your ticket
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified
  • Please check in at least 20 minutes before your tour time
  • Departure times will be confirmed one week prior to your tour, due to the changing sunset times throughout the year
  • Address: Earth And Sky Village Office in Lake Tekapo, Main Highway 8, Lake Tekapo Village next to the Four Square supermarket

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Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 working days prior to the activity
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Reviews (65) 4.5
  • Carmen Yuen Ping 12 Feb 2019
    A good experience. Good that the operator provides tour in different languages.
  • MAN KIT 5 Jan 2019
    Very great service. The guides were very knowledgable!
  • Choon Peng Alvin 26 Dec 2018
    Unfortunately, the weather hasn't been nice, hence the tour got cancelled.
  • Yawen 20 Nov 2018
    Though the starry night was a little bit effected by the moonlight, I still saw a tons of stars over the sky! Appreciate those staffs who were very helpful and who were giving a very clear, professional, interesting and cheerful introduction to those stars and glaxies. I did enjoy the tour with them. :D 
  • muhammad izzuddin bin 11 Nov 2018
    The best experience ever! I love it so much. Thank you so much Klook.
  • Yok San 8 Nov 2018
    the guides were amazing as they are very knowledgeable. It was great to have clear sky. I doubt klook would be able to advise you on the timing although based on website the information should be released a week ago, klook did not update me on it. So you may wish to go to book with others.
  • Maria Micaela 27 Oct 2018
    We went last year in winter and the sky was spectacular! The hot chocolate tasted so good. The tour was informative. We were able to see Saturn and Jupiter through the telescope. Would love to come back and redo this tour, hoping to see the aurora. For the pictures, we just gave our camera to the astrophotographer and voila -- great souvenir from the tour.
  • Wai Yan 18 Oct 2018
    Before the tour started, the guide told us that we can cancel the book and get the refund due to the bad weather. Unfortunately, I worry that I can’t receive the refund and try to call Klook 24hrs hotline but no one answer. The guide also can’t guarantee we can have the refund due to Klook’s term and condition. So that, We chose to continue the tour without any stars and full of clouds. Based on the refund condition, I have sent 2 emails to Klook before the few days of our tour. But no response. I highly recommended that Don’t book this tour through Klook instead of earth and sky official website. Full refund immediately can be done if the tour is cancelled by themselves. The given one star is for earth and sky’s staffs who are knowledgeable and friendly to show us their telescopes on the MT John.

    Reply from Klook

    Thank you for raising your concern to us. We sincerely regret to hear about the inconvenience you experienced, and we take your feedback extremely seriously. Your case has been noted and passed to the local operator for further improvements. Your patience and understanding will be much appreciated.
  • Michael 10 Oct 2018
    The guide was great. Pity about the stars though, half the sky was covered by cloud during our tour so we couldn't see much. Good effort by the guide to show us around the astronomical instruments, but travellers beware the cold up there can be substantial
  • Jose Maria 18 Sep 2018
    Firstly, when we arrived at The Station in Tekapo we were informed that there's a big chance we won't be seeing any stars/planets because of the cloudy skies and they will do a tour of the facilities instead. Since it's our only night in the area, we decided to go ahead (despite alr feeling the price of the tour itself is quite expensive). When we got to the site, the skies sort of cleared up and we were able to look at the telescopes (we saw 4 things). The lady guide was a bit talkative (she was very knowledgeable alright, but at some point my companion and I would just want to see more). Seeing Saturn on the telescope was awesome!
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