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Earth and Sky

Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6960
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Excellent Tour

Excellent tour and well worth the money. We went on the little one at 6pm and it was dark when we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Joshtherock
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
It depends on weather!!

Luckily l was able to see the stars!!! It all depends on the weather, but you can get money back if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chiaki S
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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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  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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+64 3-680 6960
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent tour and well worth the money. We went on the little one at 6pm and it was dark when we got up there. It was very interesting and the extra layer of clothes they gave you were great.More

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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and Trip Advisor review. We are pleased you enjoyed our first tour of the day The Little Star Tour, this is always a great choice for families and those who prefer an earlier night. As our Mt....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Luckily l was able to see the stars!!! It all depends on the weather, but you can get money back if you can’t see the stars due to the weather conditionMore

Thank Chiaki S
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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent Trip Advisor review. Lake Tekapo is situated in an Alpine Environment and can experience adverse weather conditions, luckily our team are experienced to deal with these conditions. On cloudy we do have a great alternative - The opportunity...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great cafe with a nice selection of foods coffee is awesome and of course the views are ...well lets just say even if the coffee was not good I would still be happy with a vista like this delivers.. great snack food like muffins and...More

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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora David, Thank you for your visit and Trip Advisor Review. We are pleased to know you enjoyed our fabulous selection in the Astro Café as well as your coffee from our "bari-stars". The Mt John summit is purely a place of wonder, giving...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2018

This organisation is professional through and through. Everyone from front of desk to the driver and guides were polite and knowledgeable. We had a cloudless night with temps just above freezing so we’re very lucky nevertheless the hot chocolate drink was very welcome. We learnt...More

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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your 5 star TripAdvisor review! We are thrilled you had a great experience with our team here at Earth & Sky during your recent visit to Lake Tekapo. We pride ourselves on each tour that is conducted each night beneath...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We booked several months in advance and were very lucky that our tour had 100% visibility. There was not a cloud in sight anywhere. The check in was quick and easy and we boarded a bus to the top. There are no white lights at...More

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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Kia ora, Thank you for your TripAdvisor review for your recent visit to Lake Tekapo. We are pleased that during your tour, you experienced near perfect skies! As the university of Canterbury is an active re-search facility white light is strictly prohibited this includes flash...More

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

By far the best thing we got to do at Lake Tekapo. First of all, the staff and crew are absolutely amazing. Thank you Kirsty, Keegan (sp?), Dave and Igor for sharing your expertise and passion with our group, as well as the group who...More

Thank Donghee L
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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your review and your recent experience on the Mt John Night Observatory Tour. We are pleased to know you enjoyed our tour with the ‘stars’ of the show our passionate guides as well as our...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

I booked the trip thought their website and when I got there they said they couldn't find the payment, and that I should pay again and the you recharge me. It was taking i while for me to get my refound so i called them,...More

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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Kia ora, Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologise that the process for your refund has taken this long. As you can appreciate as a business we do have to take many precaution's due to fraudulent activity. I have been updated on your situation...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

The experience overcame the expectation and we were so impressed by the level of organization and caution with the environment. The sky was so clear that almost we could touch the stars and satelites. They guide was fun and showed a lot of knowledge. We...More

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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Kia ora, Thank you for your review and recent visit to EarthandSky Lake Tekapo. It is great to read that the sky was perfectly clear for the duration of your tour and you found our Astronomy guides to be fun and hold great knowledge on...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

FANTASTIC! Clearly all guides loved their job and the universe. Informative and very well organised. Wear all warm items of clothing you own and accept their jackets when offered. As soon as it’s windy it’s freezing on the mountain! Highly recommend this tour.More

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Margaret M, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your review and your recent experience on the Mt John Night Observatory Tour. We are pleased to know you enjoyed our tour with the ‘stars’ of the show our passionate guides. It is our hope...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Great tour guides and bus driver. Everything well explained. Good coats provided. Gloves and beanies a must. Very cold on mountain. The stars are amazing here. Black sky Reserve. I’ve never experienced anything like it. Must do.More

Thank Adriandcass
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Margaret M, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your review and recent experience on the Mt John night Observatory Tour. We are glad that the tour for filled your expectations and you took the great advice on grabbing the Antarctic coats provided, these...More

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slade45
31 July 2018|
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Response from CraigJ952 | Property representative |
Kia ora, Visiting on a full moon you will find the fainter stars are washed away, however those bright shining stars will still be visible and not to forget viewing the moon through the telescopes is simply spectacular... 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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