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Mount John University Observatory

422 Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6000
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The Best Views of Lake TEKKAPO

Theres a fee for using this Road about 8dollars and the person even welcoming you informs you that... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
sweettully
,
Nairobi
A must-do and must-visit

Mt. John Observation is a must-do activity when you visit Lake Tekapo. It will cost you $8/car... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Xupcua
,
Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Average5%
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422 Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
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+64 3-680 6000
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Theres a fee for using this Road about 8dollars and the person even welcoming you informs you that you are going up and your own risk that they are not liable for anything incase anything happens the roads is quite steep i would say the...More

Thank sweettully
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mt. John Observation is a must-do activity when you visit Lake Tekapo. It will cost you $8/car during a day, night tour is around $120. During the day, you can drive up to the top. View is stunning, you can see Lake Tekapo and town...More

1  Thank Xupcua
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the top of Mt John Observatory. $8 per car to get to the top. Parking is limited at the top. Road is narrow, be careful. Cafe is slow but good.

Thank Blake W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mt John observatory- one of the three popular spots at Tekapo (Besides the Church & the lake itself) and cannot be missed. There is 8 NZD car charges at the gate. People even choose to walk up which is a fairly easy walk (appx an...More

Thank Neha B
Reviewed 1 week ago

a must-do when visiting or passing through Tekapo. there is a small fee to drive up the road, or you can walk up the hill from near the campground. The views from the top are well worth the monetary or physical cost of getting up...More

Thank michelleryan2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a fantastic view from the Mt John Observatory. The cafe serves basic food but we enjoyed a sausage roll and flat white for lunch. We enjoyed the walk to get there. We went via the quickest route which climbs steadily through the pine...More

Thank Juliaam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Stunning location high above Lake Tekapo, excellent introduction to stars, galaxies and star clouds. We felt extremely well looked after on that windswept mountain. With biting cold creeping in in spite of excellent clothing which the organizers provide, we were...More

Thank Franz M
Margaret M, General Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your review - your time is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are over the Moon to read your recollection of your tour experience....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read about Mount John in our guidebook and hubby decided it would be good to see for the views over Tekapo and surrounding area, and he wasn't wrong. However, bearing in mind it was only my first day of driving a 7m motorhome let's just...More

1  Thank Jane W
Margaret M, General Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. It is excellent to hear that you chose our facilities as part of your itinerary during your recent visit to Lake Tekapo. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wind was blowing a bit when we got up there but it was worth the views. Try to go as the cloud I’d lifting. The $8 entry fee is worth it.More

Thank Jenny R
Margaret M, General Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experiences with our team and those thinking of joining us here at the Astro Cafe. We wish to thank you for your kind contribution towards the ongoing maintenance of the privately owned Mt....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went up this mountain the day after we did the night tour with Earth and Sky. It cost $NZ8 to go up the road, which we didn't mind paying as it helps the Observatory. Absolutely fantastic views over Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki -...More

1  Thank Christine J
Margaret M, General Manager at Mount John University Observatory, 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 that overall, you enjoyed your visit to the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory. The views are truly magnificent and welcome the eyes of visitors from...More

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Melissa R
19 October 2017|
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Response from australian2000 | Reviewed this property |
No, they don't. I suggest you bring one up along the way and have a torch with red light to see your camera settings, so that you don't affect the dark night sky.
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deharrods
26 June 2017|
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Response from ItsATouristTrap | Reviewed this property |
I am almost certain that the road is closed at night for light discipline reasons due to the stargazing tours that happen at the observatory every night (i.e.--vehicles carrying the tour groups must drive up the hill with... More
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Anton G
15 April 2017|
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Response from ShaunSNJ | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I would agree with taking the walking path to catch the sunrise as the road will be closed. I wouldn't say it is private but rather, an exclusive road for educational and research purposes. You need to take note of the... More
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