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Mount John Observatory Tour
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We booked our Mount John observatory tour through Earth and Sky and found them to be extremely efficient.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gtangg
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately, it was a cloudy and windy night, stargazing was only limited and we could not use the larger telescope. Instead, we visited the MOA telescope. Contrary to what they advertised, they did not offer to take fotos with our DSLR. Explanations were very basic....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic experience with very knowledgeable guides. You even have the opportunity to hand your DSLR camera over to a astrophotographer who will take photos of the stars for you. We were lucky enough to have a completely clear night. I did learn a lot...More

Thank JoeB5474
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is entirely worth planning your trip to South Island around. We caught a perfect night, saw a beautiful sky and learnt so many interesting facts. This really sparks an interest in people and makes us want to know more. the passion with which the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NickPortugal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We joined the tour on the 6th of jan 19. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable about the stars, sharing lots of info with the tour group. They also allowed the tour group to borrow thick warm jackets, we really needed it as it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have toured the North and South Islands over the past year of living in New Zealand, and this was absolutely one of our favorite experiences. We have never had the pleasure of being in a true dark sky location, and we could have stayed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. We are delighted that we were able to accommodate your booking for the Cowan's Observatory Tour. As you mentioned our facilities are situated beneath the Largest International Dark Sky...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We come from a city environment where there are lights everywhere and where it is basically impossible to spot stars with the naked eye. As such, being at a dark sky reserve for star gazing was a unique and interesting experience for us. We chose...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rdreamer
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your kind review regarding your recent visitor experience with our team. We are delighted that you chose to add a visit to Cowan's Observatory to your recent travel itinerary in New Zealand. Its great to hear that once again our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We joined the tour on a new moon night at 0am. Before departure the staff there told us there would be clouds and there's a chance that we might not be able to see the stars and allowed us to cancel the trip. However on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and TripAdvisor review. Here in Lake Tekapo we do live in an alpine environment which as you have mentioned does make the weather extremely changeable. We pride ourselves in being honest with our customers regarding the weather...More

Reviewed 11 December 2018

Looking forward to seeing the Observatory and having the star gazing tour. Unfortunately, cloud overtook the event, which at 2 am could be expected. Hopefully, it will clear, but worse than that it rained and we couldn’t get into the observatory because of the rain...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and TripAdvisor review. Its extremely unfortunate that on your visit you experience some adheres weather conditions and weren't able to complete the full tour. Our equipment that we do have in the observatory is extremely sensitive and...More

Reviewed 10 December 2018 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
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CraigJ952, Business Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and TripAdvisor review. Our famous church of the good Shepherd tour is a combination of: History of the church itself, history of the Mackenzie basin, Astrophotography and Astronomy those 4 things are the core of this tour...More

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GarethW_11
12 January 2019|
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Response from CraigJ952 | Property representative |
Kia ora, Thank you for your question. The road will be closed at 4.30pm and you will only be able to access while on a stargazing tour with us. If you are interested in checking out the tours you can visit our website... More
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HoeK1
9 December 2018|
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Response from Chiaki S | Reviewed this property |
You can check the star calendar on the Eart and Sky website!
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