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Our friendly, knowledgeable staff offer visitors guided daytime tours around Mount John Observatory as well as nighttime stargazing tours at Mount John and Cowan's Observatory.
||Located in the Mackenzie District, the region is renowned for the clarity of its sky and freedom from light pollution, which is why the area was declared a gold-level International Dark Sky Reserve in mid-2012.|
People in their tens of thousands flock here annually to see the southern stars and transient phenomena such as aurorae, meteor showers and the zodiacal light in all their pristine glory. If you wish to capture a permanent record of our night sky, we can help with astrophotography too. (The taking of photographs and video footage on Mount John is permitted for personal use only. Any other use, including commercial, of such photographs or video footage is prohibited.)
For our visitors from all over the world we provide English, Japanese and Chinese speaking guides. English and Japanese guides are always available, but please enquire ahead for all other language preferences.
Drive or hike up to the observatory on the summit of Mount John and treat yourself to a gorgeous vista and a relaxing escape at the Astro Café some 300 metres above the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. The café offers you splendid views, friendly service, and excellent fare. Join one of our Day Tours and we will show you New Zealand's largest telescope and describe the exciting research conducted here.
See our Earth & Sky Day Tours or Earth & Sky Night Tours pages for further details.
Earth & Sky Ltd., P.O. Box 112, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand.
Phone: +64 (0)3 6806960 Fax: +64 (0)3 6806950
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