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Mount John University Observatory, Lake Tekapo
Categories: Observation Decks, Scenic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
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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I visited the observatory with my 16 year old son and 11 year old nephew during the day, and did a tour on impulse. Our guide was wonderful - knowledgeable, personable and able to answer every questio... read more »
As much as we wanted to, we didn't get the chance to do stargazing here, we just did that in the town. But even in the day, the views here are magnificent. Epic plains that suddenly turn into massive ... read more »
We visited the observatory on a clear spring morning so cannot rate the night-time experience. The observatory is just a short drive north from town. At the base of the summit is a little check-point ... read more »
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