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Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Fantastic tour

We found this tour very informative and fascinating - loved the stunning night sky without any... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sarah T
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Out of this world

This is one of the most memorable nights I’ve had in New Zealand ever in 25 years. Don’t miss out... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Emma N
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Earth & Sky Stargazing and Observatory tours operate in beautiful Lake Tekapo situated in the South Island. Visitors find enjoyment, entertainment and inspiration through a ‘hands-on’ experience as knowledgeable astronomy guides share the wonders of space, promote a scientific understanding of the southern night sky, and help reconnect people with a special part of nature using powerful telescopes. Tours operate at two big sky locations including the University of Canterbury Mt John Research Observatory. Lake Tekapo sits at the heart of the gold ranked ’Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve‘ (est 2012) - Earth & Sky - the best attraction in New Zealand to show you the universe.
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Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We found this tour very informative and fascinating - loved the stunning night sky without any light pollution, enjoyed the guides sharing their stories and knowledge, and appreciated the opportunity to look through telescopes. Also appreciated having astro-photographer there take photos on our camera for...More

Thank Sarah T
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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded today

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share a review regarding your recent visit to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We appreciate you taking the time to add our Earth & Sky tours to your travel itinerary, here in New Zealand....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the most memorable nights I’ve had in New Zealand ever in 25 years. Don’t miss out and go! We had a new moon so it was super dark and my kids loved it- 9 and 12. The guides were just amazing...More

Thank Emma N
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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded today

Kia ora, Thank you for your ‘out of this world’ review regarding your recent visitor experience with our team here in Lake Tekapo. We are thrilled to read that you were able to add our tour to your trip itinerary, and to read such high...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lake Tekapo is in a designated “dark sky” reserve which means there is little light pollution to diminish the night skies. On a clear, cloudless night with no moon, the skies are brilliantly lit with stars and you can see the Milky Way, and as...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded today

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent booking experience with our team. We are delighted that you chose to go ahead and book one of our Earth & Sky Stargazing Tours conducted at our second Dark Sky location - Cowans...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing evening at the observatory learning about the incredible night sky. The young guides are very passionate and knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. I do agree with the earlier poster who commented about there not being a time slot on...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. It is great to read that you found our Astronomy guides to be both passionate and hold great knowledge on the wonders of the Universe. Thank you for your...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We made online reservations 5 days before arrival. You CANNOT pick a time for your tour on line. We never heard anything from the company about the time of our tour--even though their web site says they will contact you one week before the tour....More

Thank MarzMarz
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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. We are continually looking for new ways to improve our customer experiences. Comments such as yours, are taken on board and can be extremely helpful. We are disappointed that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had booked the Cowans tour as it had a 10pm start rather than 1 am. Unfortunately when we arrived at the meeting place before the bus transfer we were told that the cloud cover was a little unpredictable and so we were offered the...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded today

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. We are delighted that we were able accommodate your booking onto the perfect tour for you! Our facilities are situated beneath the Largest International Dark Sky Reserve in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of a handful of things I booked for my trip, as I generally like to just go as my whims take me. The area around Tekapo is a dark sky reserve, so there is little light to prevent the best possible sky...More

Thank Michael G
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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora, We are absolutely delighted to read your review Michael G. Your comments generously give praise for our team here at Earth & Sky, and for the operations that we run each night. We cannot thank you enough for choosing to book a Stargazing...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time winding up the very twisty toll road to the top -- and enjoyed the sky-high cafe. Active astronomy is ongoing, including a near-earth bodies (meteor) detection program. The astronomers are glad to show off their stuff and educate people on their...More

Thank ekh2017
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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed all elements of your visit - from the moment you began your journey towards the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were too late to book on the Mount John trip so did the Cowans Observatory trip instead. Lower key with no facilities as on the Mount John tour but still very enjoyable. We left Lake Tekapo at 21:00 and were taken by a small...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience with our team. We are delighted that you chose to add a visit to our facilities to your recent NZ trip itinerary. We are pleased that our team were able to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately this road does not open to the observatory and the fantastic view of the area until 10 a.m. When I tried to drive there, I was one of at least a dozen cars wishing to also go up the hill but a gate barred...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience with our team. The Mt. John Access Road leading up to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, is indeed a privately owned road. A Road User Fee has been implemented...More

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Pei Ee C
18 September 2017|
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Response from James G | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know about. But it's quite late, so it may not be suited for young children.
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wipasirik2015
13 April 2017|
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Response from Adila B | Reviewed this property |
We did the night tour but I believe they also offer day tours. Night is probably best especially if the sky is clear.
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Evi Y
23 March 2017|
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Response from Sandy H | Reviewed this property |
We did notice a disabled parking bay and some smoother concrete paths to some of the areas. They provide great coats but as others said take your own warm hat and gloves and a rug for the wheelchair. We did the twilight tour... More
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