We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mount John University Observatory

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (477)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“astro cafe”(23 reviews)
“per vehicle”(7 reviews)
“mount john”(29 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
422 Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6000
Reviews (603)
Filter reviews
473 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews astro cafe per vehicle mount john amazing views walk up degree view nice cafe great coffee cup of coffee night tour entry fee short drive well worth the trip sunny day clear night star gazing tour hot chocolate
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 473 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

#Informative & full of energy staff that try hard to explain the all knowledge# for me the place is Amazing# i was warned by the staff that the sky is not perfect condition,they give me an option to cancel. But for me as a failure...More

Thank Ima-Momski
Reviewed 1 week ago

We postponed our trip several times due to the cloudy conditions and we managed to get clear skies on our final attempt! The view was not to be missed and the guys did a great job explaining the terrestrials. I am a bit of a...More

Thank cterence138
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

the observatory is about 1000m above sea level, nice view over nearby landscape and town of Tekapo and the nearby lakes. $8 road fee applies if drive up to the top, or can take a short trekking up there. There is a cafe which served...More

Thank yuhin85
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very windy during the time when i visited this place. It was also going to rain soon from what i saw. But the view was absolutely beautiful. There's also a cafe there but the price is abit expensive. It was a very small...More

Thank AshtonLL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view here is absolutely stunning and so worth going up for a visit. It does get windy though so dress accordingly. Make sure to stop by the Astro Cafe!

Thank hellotravel1998
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is stunning with the mountain backdrop and the ever expanding lake Tekapo make a picture perfect sights. The cafe served good coffee though although it can get a bit too crowded

Thank lawc22
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit here at night. Got to go inside a couple of the domes and used outdoor telescopes too. Saw some stars and planets. Saturn looked so clear that it seemed as if it was painted on the glass at the end of the telescope!

Thank SteveM999_12
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

The road has very few to no car when on our way to the observatory in the morning. Great option to stop by and snap some photos of the fields with alps as background. Stunning views of lake and alps on top of the observatory....More

Thank kry_lsw
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Great views. Need to go to the cafe as you have to pay to enter so just going for a look and photo shoot, its a bit expensive.

Thank Daph P
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

If you’re ever in Tekapo, this has to be on your to do list. An enjoyable drive up, a short walk from the car park to the summit and then stunning views as far as the eye can see. The cafe also has very good...More

Thank beech-bidois
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 nearby hotels
Peppers Bluewater Resort
3,839 reviews
3.70 km away
Lake Tekapo Village Motel
738 reviews
3.80 km away
The Godley Hotel
562 reviews
3.98 km away
The Chalet Boutique Motel
357 reviews
4.03 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 15 nearby restaurants
Kohan Restaurant
1,128 reviews
3.90 km away
Astro Cafe
858 reviews
1.68 km away
Mackenzies Cafe Bar Grill
1,198 reviews
3.90 km away
Reflections Restaurant
720 reviews
3.78 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 29 nearby attractions
Lake Tekapo
2,240 reviews
3.77 km away
Church of the Good Shepherd
1,738 reviews
3.97 km away
Mount John Summit Circuit Track
46 reviews
2.71 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
3 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from CraigJ952 | Property representative |
Kia ora, The Mt John walkway will close to the public around 5pm, you can walk to a certain point however there are fences that you won't be able to cross after 5pm due to our nightly operation. Stargazing commence from... More
19 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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.
26 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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