Guided tour

Lake Tekapo: Mount John Observatory Stargazing Tour

Lake Tekapo: Mount John Observatory Stargazing Tour

Activity provider: Dark Sky Project
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From US$ 95.46 per person

Immerse yourself in the southern skies and see deep into the night sky on an ultimate mountaintop stargazing tour in New Zealand at the world-renowned astronomical center, UC Mt. John Observatory.

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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Marvel at bright stars, planets, and more
  • See the southern sky up close with excellent viewing technologies
  • Hear about the fascinating science and stories of New Zealand's skies
  • Surround yourself with clean nature atop Mount John
Full description

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.

  • Stargazing tour
  • Expert guide
  • Stargazing technology
  • Extreme cold weather jacket
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Please check in at least 20 minutes prior to departure at the local supplier's, Dark Sky Project, base, at the Takapō (Tekapo) lakefront.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Flash photography

Know before you go

  • The nature of the tour requires a certain level of fitness. You need to be confident walking 100 meters on a gravel incline and be able to climb a couple of steps in the dark
  • This tour is weather dependent
  • The outdoor evening experiences are family-friendly with an age restriction of 5 years and over. Due to the late hours and cooler temperatures it is recommended to select an earlier evening departure if you have younger children
  • What to wear:
  • Summer (from November to March): thermal wear, long pants, socks, sneakers, jersey, jacket, and hat
  • Winter (from April to October): thermal wear, warm long pants, woolen socks, hiking boots, jersey, snow jacket, gloves, scarf, and hat.
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Great guide!

February 12, 2022

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.

April 22, 2022

Product ID: 408459