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Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory Tour

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

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  • Meet Up With Guide
  • 2 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancelation - 7 Days Notice
Highlights
  • 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
Most Recent Reviews

  • Letici* 27 May 2017
    We had a great night at mt John observatory. The staff was really knowledgeable and the best part was the professional photographer offering to take photos with DSLR cameras leaving us with great images!! We had a great night and that was definitely one of the highlight of our trip!!

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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
Confirmation

Confirmation:

  • 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

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
  • 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
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 working days prior to the activity
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Reviews(6) 5
  • Letici* 27 May 2017
    We had a great night at mt John observatory. The staff was really knowledgeable and the best part was the professional photographer offering to take photos with DSLR cameras leaving us with great images!! We had a great night and that was definitely one of the highlight of our trip!!
  • Wing*** 18 May 2017
    This is a very nice star gazing experience. The team is professional and gave us lots of information about the stars. You can also have the chances to look at the telescope. And it's very sweet that they gave me a jacket so that I can keep myself warm during the activity (It's freezing cold there!!!).
  • Mi*** 13 Apr 2017
    The night tour was decent enough and very informative even if its on the pricey side. Lucky for us it was crystal clear night and first time I actually saw a planet - Jupiter! Would have been better if the moon wasn't so bright so best if a clear night without it. That was good enough for me. Overall a very enjoyable evening.
  • Matthe* 30 Mar 2017
    Fabulous views.....the scenery amazing..High recommend......
  • Jenn* 13 Mar 2017
    這是一次夜間天文之旅。天空萬里無雲,有一條我從未見過的星帶。我們通過望遠鏡看到了很多星星。真的是一次激動人心的經歷!!雖然在山上我快被凍僵了,但是他們有夾克提供給我們穿,還給我們提供了熱巧克力,特別貼心。這是我們一生難忘的夜晚。
  • Yun*** 11 Feb 2017
    星空美到令人窒息!从来没有看过这么美的星星,绝对不能错过!
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