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Address: Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Earth & Sky Stargazing and Observatory tours operate in beautiful Lake...

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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Mt John Observatory tour amazing even with cloud cover

If you're interested in astronomy, booking a Mt John Observatory night tour is a fail-safe option, because you're guaranteed a great experience regardless of the weather. There... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're interested in astronomy, booking a Mt John Observatory night tour is a fail-safe option, because you're guaranteed a great experience regardless of the weather. There was 100% cloud cover on the evening we went. Earth & Sky generously offered everybody to reschedule their tour or take an 80% refund, but I'm so glad we decided to go on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were originally scheduled for a 10:00 night tour. Due to cloud cover issues that night we were allowed to reschedule. We decided to take the 8:00 Twilight Tour the next night which worked out great. Th Twilight Tour took a little over 2 hours. They give you an overview of the research being done at the observatory and the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I dont usually write bad reviews but this one was frustrating. To start with, there was no time mentioned on the booking confirmation email. So if you forget what time you booked in particular 2 months in advance you have to call and ask them to look up the booking. Worse, they do not EVER pick up in the first... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to have a lovely clear evening, despite having had cloudy skies all day. The view of the stars and planets in a place with no light pollution was breathtaking. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and delivered information on the Southern sky in a fun and interesting way. The tour is just the right length of time at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two excellent guides​, thank you Julian and Zoey for a wonderful evening. The time of our visit coincided with a bright moon but we still saw more stars than ever before. Seeing the milky way is incredible and I personally enjoyed looking at the moon through a powerful telescope - thank you Rob for pointing out the Sea of Tranquility.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do & book ahead so your not disappointed. If your into the stars planets you have to do this. Both my husband & I enjoyed this experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let me clarify that I didn't go for the tour as I had to cancel it due to my brother falling ill (my tour will be on the 19th of March at midnight). I called them up earlier today and explained the situation and they gave me a full refund, no questions asked. I am very happy as they were... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked into the Cowans Observatory tour and we weren't disapointed. Learnt heaps regarding the night sky and got to see some interesting sights.

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EarthandSkyLtd, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your excellent review. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review about your experience with Earth & Sky. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Cowans observatory tour, and that you learnt lots! Our hope is that you are able to gaze up and admire the night sky with an added... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The biggest tourist trap I have encountered in the South island.  For close to a hundred dollars per person you get a five minute bus ride to a makeshift observatory (Cowan's observatory) where you are led by guides who have minimal and superficial knowledge of astronomy.  One guide told us that the distance between the sun and Uranus was 200,000km... More 

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EarthandSkyLtd, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your feedback – it is greatly appreciated as we use it to work towards improving our customer experience. We want to express our disappointment that on this occasion, we did not meet nor exceed the high expectations that we set for our tours and experience with Earth & Sky. Here at Earth & Sky our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The earth and sky tour is the only way to get to see the stars from the top of Mt John at night but it is so worth it. They supply you with a warm coat and red light and take you up in their bus. We were a group of 14 with 2 guides and a research astronomer who... More 

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