Mt John Night Tour Dark Sky Stargazing Home / Day Tours


Join us to gaze at the skies from the most southern research observatory in the world. Allow our experienced guides to showcase the amazing features seen in our night sky. With the use of powerful telescopes, you can view distant objects such as – planets, star-clusters, nebulae and distant galaxies.

Tours depart every night from the Earth & Sky Office, we recommend booking and warm clothes are essential on this tour. Let us show-case Lake Tekapo’s Sanctuary for the Stars. Should there be a cloudy evening you will be offered an ‘Observatory Tour’, our guides will escort you through this working research observatory you will learn about the projects being undertaken using New Zealand’s largest telescope, the MOA.

Then with the aid of a large screen our guides will explain the features seen in our night sky using images taken from the observatory and provide interesting facts and figures that will intrigue you.

  • Tour Type: Scenic Tour
  • From: Lake Tekapo to Lake Tekapo
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Tour Code: mtjohn


  • Return transfers from Lake Tekapo accommodation
  • Learn how researchers study space as our trained guides help you explore the science behind astronomy
  • Navigate your way through the sky using telescopes, binoculars and naked eye
  • View the Milky Way Galaxy and Southern Cross on a clear night, whilst learning about our closest planets and neighboring galaxies

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