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Lake Tekapo: Mount John Observatory Stargazing Tour

1. Lake Tekapo: Mount John Observatory Stargazing Tour

Explore the pristine night sky, stunning summit surroundings, and sophisticated viewing technologies as expert guides share the science and stories of New Zealand's skies on a stargazing tour. Make your way up Mount John on foot to the renowned Mount John Observatory, which is in partnership with the University of Canterbury. Hear stories about the stars, galaxies, and planets from your guides. The unpolluted environment around Lake Tekapo provides outstanding conditions for observations and discoveries of the southern sky.

Tekapo: Indoor Māori Heritage and Astronomy Experience

2. Tekapo: Indoor Māori Heritage and Astronomy Experience

Delight in a Big Bang of awe and inspiration at the Dark Sky Experience, where science, tatai aroraki (Maori astronomy), and fascinating multimedia installations are brought together for a sensual treat. Change your outlook on the universe in the best way possible on this 45-minute guided tour. Enjoy your guide's thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining commentary at this truly unique place. During your tour, get up close to the newly-restored Brashear telescope, one of the world's most famous Victorian telescopes. A must-do for all visitors to Lake Tekapo, this immersive daytime experience is a place for people to connect, to discover, and to be inspired, with the aim of empowering others to make a difference to dark sky preservation.

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What people are saying about Lake Tekapo

Was the best night ever to experience! We had a very entertaining driver, the skies gifted us with 100% visibility and the guides were so knowledgeable, friendly and passionate. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole night and feel very lucky to get up there. I’ll never forget it. Thanks to all concerned.

Conceptually, this was a great idea but nature prevailed and the wind, snow, clouds and rain did not cooperate. However, the staff, guides and overall team were professional, courteous and very informative. It has peeked my interest enough to do a return trip.

Great trip up to Mt John. Informative astronomy guides and terrific views of the night sky through the high quality microscopes at the observatory. Learned a lot about our galaxy and the universe.

It was fantastic. We had a clear night so could see loads of stars. The guides were very informative and entertaining.

I really enjoyed the mix of astronomy and matauranga Maori. So fascinating. And beautifully presented.