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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  • Worth the small monetary contribution to drive to the top. The views are amazing and you dont have to book in for a tour during the day. You can just enjoy the view and have lunch at the cafe. We were...  more »
  • It’s a short but scenic winding drive from the village up to the observatory and there’s a token $5 entry fee at the gate. We were blessed with clear skies and the panoramic views from the top are bre...  more »
  • You pay a $5 entry at the gate then climb up a steep winding hill to the top. Spectacular view of Lake Tekapo, the village and surrounding mountains. Worth the trip. Recommend taking up a picnic lunch...  more »