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Summit Experience - University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Both beginner and keen astronomers will love this behind-the-scenes tour of the Mount John Observatory. You’ll be amazed by how clear the night’s sky can be above New Zealand. Your guide will point out the amazing things you can see with the naked eye, as well as show you the observatory’s telescopes. This is an informative tour suitable for the whole family. Bring your camera so the astrophotographer can take incredible pictures of the sky for you.
  • Learn about mind-boggling astronomy from your expert guide
  • See equipment that’s usually off-limits to the general public
  • Transfers from Lake Tekapo are included
  • This is an outdoor walking tour, but you’ll receive warm clothing to wear
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Dark Sky Project, 1 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand

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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2021 - 3/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 30 people per trip time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Earth & Sky

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Summit Experience - University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory?
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Just the best star gazing experience
, Jan 2020
This was an amazing experience. I have been a keen star gazer for many years but have never seen a dark sky like this one before. There were three experts on hand who were well qualified and showed me things that I did not know.
It was alright
, Jun 2019
The guides were friendly enough. Tour was crowded and I've had better stargazing. Apparently if there is ANY wind at all, they won't take pictures for you on your camera. We were fortunate to be up there on a fairly still night. Coats provided are nice and warm.

Product code: 105977P1

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