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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  • Blew a wind from fear that arrived at 150 km/h and they stuck us in the little bar ... the views from up there on Lake are amazing at 360 degrees, you pay a $5 car pedaggii and the road to get close to the 5:00 pm
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  • If you are visiting Lake Tekapo, you must take the drive up here. Perched high up, you get expansive views of the lake and its surrounding snow capped mountains. There is a café up on top for you to e...  more »
  • Entry price has gone up to $8 a car but still worth the drive. Great views and lovely coffee at the cafe but a bit pricey (5.50 small cup).