Mount John University Observatory, Lake Tekapo

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Gaze into the outer reaches of the universe at Mount John University Observatory, an astrological center offering day and night tours of its facilities, plus the opportunity to use the telescope to spot the moon, stars, and other planets. The top of Mt. John makes an ideal location for this observatory thanks to the superior visibility afforded by the expansive landscape and the lack of manmade light from the surrounding area. Established in 1960, the center hosts some of the world's leading astronomical research programs. Visitors have the chance to marvel at the wonders of space and the largest telescope in New Zealand, accompanied along the way by knowledgeable staff. See Mount John University Observatory and all Lake Tekapo has to offer by arranging your trip with our Lake Tekapo travel itinerary maker.
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  • My family and I went up to mt john observatory and what a beautiful view. The drive up was equally amazing. You pay a $8 till at the gate which we didn't mind as the guy on the gate told us it goes ba...  more »
  • It's a windy road to the top and they've added a toll charge to get to the top, but the view is definitely worth it. The day of our visit, the wind was really strong which make it difficult to walk. T...  more »
  • We arrived in Lake Tepako when the weather was clear for the first couple of days after a patch of poor weather so there was no hope of joining a tour. However, we did drive up to the summit [$8 entry...  more »