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Earth and Sky

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Mount John Observatory Tour
From US$115.79*
Mount John Observatory Tour
From US$115.79*
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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...more
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Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The night tour of The Church of Good Shepard began with a clear sky. It was clear until the moment when we started lining up to take photos. I understand that this is an alpine environment where clouds might emerge and dissipate any moment, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ClarkCYC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my friend thought about a stargazing tour for a long time.. so there are three companies, we picked the most expensive one because they told us we get the money back if we’re not able to see any stars! At this company they...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LauraGtshl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for the early 9pm tour. Fortunately we had 60% view and we could see quite a few stars. Unique star gazing experience. Guides were knowledgable and friendly. The hot chocolate at the middle of the tour was great. A bit more time for more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jojolim321
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An absolutely incredible experience. I say "THE" Stargazing Tour because there is another tour offered Lake Tekapo which does not compare to Earth and Sky. Booked a 1:30am tour, arrived at 1:31am (my apologies) and the staff was extremely welcoming still. We were given a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank newworldglobetrotter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Earth and Sky Stargazing Tour was unfathomably breathtaking and beautiful, informative, and humbling. I had never seen that many stars in the night sky, nor beauty like that before in general, really. My friend and I booked a late night stargazing session, and could...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LucasRalph
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I booked the late night stargazing session, and it was amazing! You won't see stars and planets in imax hd, like in the movies, but you'll see the real thing through the telescope. We saw mars, alpha centauri a & b, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank snapschot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on the Mt John Observatory tour a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it - the staff were keen, the tour was interesting, and the chance to stargaze and look through telescopes in the dark sky reserve was wonderful. Fast forward to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Suse89
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We joined the tour for the church of the good shepherd. The tour is nice in terms of a night visit to the church , but not the tour I am looking for. it's a tour which tourist would like with photo taking , some...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank yuhin85
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and trip advisor review. Across all products that we offer we have very unique differentiations and experience's to cater for everyone. The church of the good Shepherd as you mentioned is a tour based on history, culture...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on an evening tour. We were picked up from our hotel and dropped off. It was very interesting. We all received red light keyring torches as this does not affect the beauty of the sky. It was very cold but we got hot...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MarkDeb83
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience with our team here at Earth & Sky. We are delighted that you had an excellent overall experience with our passionate team here beneath the Largest International Dark Sky Reserve in...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

I had booked friends in for this tour and a hotel for one night as they were passing through Tekapo on last leg of their trip. Unfortunately my friends did not receive the email re cancellation until 1:32 am ,which was fine regarding the tour,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Voyage08072759350
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your trip advisor review. It was great to touch base with you and chat regarding the misunderstanding on departure dates. We understanding that after midnight departure's can be confusing sometimes. It is always recommended that customers check their departure dates...More

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9 December 2018|
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Response from birder5349 | Reviewed this property |
We saw the Milky Way with our naked eye on a clear night February 13th. Just check out a weather website and see what they are projecting. Weather can be fickle - it rained the day before and after we were on Mt. John.
21 August 2018|
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Response from Joshtherock | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend the Mt John tour over the Cowan one, It’s a great tour and doesn’t feel long at all as everything is interesting. We didn’t have the moon but didn’t matter as we had 5 planets!