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Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory Tour

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

Christchurch 52 Booked

Spend the night gazing at the stars and galaxies above at Mt John's Observatory, keep a look out for Jupiter and the Orion Nebula!

  • 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
What We Love:

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.

Activity Details

2 Hours



Meet Up

48 Hours

7 Days


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 2 business days. 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:

  • 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:

  • Child ticket: Age 8-17
  • Children under the age of 8 cannot participate on this tour for safety reasons
  • 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 Godley Hotel complex


  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 working days prior to the activity
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