Earth & Sky Stargazing & Observatory Tours

Guides will inspire you with facts about neighbouring stars, galaxies, star clusters, and planets. Join us for a premier 'hands-on' astronomy experience at one of our two Observatory locations. Let us show you our window to the Universe.

$93.00 - $148.00

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Earth & Sky operate stargazing and Observatory tours in Lake Tekapo at two observatory locations where you can experience the darkest night skies. Based at the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, our tours will not only fascinate you but also educate and entertain you with spectacular views from horizon to horizon - see the vast Milky way stretching across the Southern night sky. Enjoy using a range of scientific telescopes to view through.

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By day, hike or drive (road access fee applies) to the summit of Mt John where the Astro Café is located. While enjoying refreshments take in the views of vast landscapes, mountain ranges & turquoise water of Lake Tekapo.

Earth & Sky is Lake Tekapo's No 1 star attraction.


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Physical address

Earth & Sky Stargazing & Observatory Tours, State Highway 8, Main Street, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch - Canterbury, 7945, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Summer 10am - midnight (1 November - 31 March). Winter 10am - 10pm (1 April - 31 October)
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to coach terminal:
Earth&Sky is located on the main street where most buses stop.
Proximity to town:
Earth&Sky Office is located on the main street; Mt John Observatory is located 15 minutes from Lake Tekapo Township.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $93.00 - $148.00
Age restriction:
Other charges:
Cancellation fee of $20 per booking up to 4 hours prior to departure.
Further pricing information:
Mt John Day tours, Family Tours and Cowan's Observatory Tour, conditions apply. Age restrictions applies to different tours. Earth & Sky Terms and Conditions. Full payment of your tour is required at time of booking. Earth & Sky asks you to consider this statement prior to payment. Earth & Sky wishes to advise it is unable to guarantee full clarity of the night sky.   Periodically our Mt John Astronomy Tours may be subject to partial or full cloud.

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES YES
Japanese YES YES

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