Mount John University Observatory, Lake Tekapo

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Observation Deck
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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  • Very nice place to look at Lake Tekapo, and take some good photos. And you can see some other lakes on the west side. Be aware of the strong wind on the top. This place close by 5pm, and the fee is 8 ...  more »
  • On that foggy morning, we could not enjoy to the maximum the beauties of the landscape. The Café upstairs is very charming. Ask for a cappuccino, you will not be disappointed.
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  • Drove to the top and paid the small fee to park. Great location and amazing views. Nice little coffee shop at the top to enjoy a drink and see the 360 views  more »
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  • Both the drive and the view point were great. Well worth the $8
  • It was really windy but it was a good tramp up from Tekapo Hot Spring
  • On of the major attractions at Lake Tekapo is the observatory at the summit of Mount John. Regarded by some as one of the best stargazing sites on Earth, the Mt. John Observatory is home to the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. Visitors can tour the facility either by day or by night with the night tour being the more well-renown
  • Very scenic and windy mountain with great views.
  • $8 to drive up. Today it's closed due to high wind?!