Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory Tour


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

  • Free Cancelation - 7 Days Notice
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 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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  • 5 Jul 2018
    Amazing experience, deffinetly would recommend this to anyone visiting the area

US$ 110.89

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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 (34) 4.5
  • Ramesh 5 Jul 2018
    Amazing experience, deffinetly would recommend this to anyone visiting the area
  • King Yan 9 Jun 2018
    Excellence sky view and excellence guides to explain the stars and recommendation for the time to observe the sky.
  • Kim 8 May 2018
    We went on a moonless and cloudless night, the sky was clear with twinkling stars! The globular clusters were visible to the naked eyes, and it's interesting to observe through the telescopes. The tour is fairly pricey, but got some discount booked through Klook. E&S provide hotel pick up & drop off.
  • Wai Ping 27 Mar 2018
    The tour was cancel due to bad weather, and the klook refund process is too slow, no one answer my call for the 24 hours hotline
  • Chi Kai 8 Mar 2018
    interesting tour ad tour guides are knowledgeable.
  • Siu Wan 11 Feb 2018
    Good hotel pickup & services. Nice tour guide. But due to the uncertainty weather, we cant explore much of stars
  • Shu Sum 2 Jan 2018
    Due to the cloud and rain both two nights, I have no luck to join the tour eventually. It’s good that they have the flexibility to postpone the tour if you still staying there. Unfortunately, given 2-stars is because you can only know the exact gathering time depends on the sunset on the day and you need to CALL their office directly for checking when you are arrived, and the phone no. only keep ringing and no one pick, they won’t update the voucher here and even I asked Klook team for help, Klook team didn’t get the answer as well. Finally, I have to go to the office in person. It’s super inconvenience for traveller and for whose who has only Wi-Fi/data with them.
  • Man Chun 24 Dec 2017
    Excellent guide, very nice!!
  • Yat Hei 6 Dec 2017
    The activity is great! The tour guide is very professional and told you a lot of stories regarding star in Southern Hemisphere's sky.
  • CHIHCHI 22 Nov 2017
    A must do!!! Super Great!!!!! Highly recommend!!!!!
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