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Mount John University Observatory

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Address: 422 Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
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We walked from lake to observatory. It takes about 40 min at reasonable pace up a well signed track. There are beautiful views of Lake Tekapo as you walk up. Views at top are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris-and-Soo
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked from lake to observatory. It takes about 40 min at reasonable pace up a well signed track. There are beautiful views of Lake Tekapo as you walk up. Views at top are amazing. We had snow topped mountains even in summer when we went. You get 360 degree views of lake. At the top there is a small... More 

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Meise, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only went to the top of Mount John and drank something over there (we didn't do any star gazing tour). It's a quite easy climb and a very rewarding view afterwards

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A stunning view from up at Mt. John. It costs a certain amount of money to drive up yourself, and the road is very windy and narrow. However, if you plan to travel to a different area (Qnstn, Mt. Cook) and take a vehicle like Tekapo Tours they do not charge that vehicle anything to go up. IT IS CLOSED... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We weren't sure if we were fit enough for this, but by taking it slowly we made it! We were rewarded with wonderful 360 degree views. It would have been even better if we could have stayed to be at the top after dark since there is so little light pollution here

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn't go up at our first visit, they closed the gate around 5 pm. We tried again on the next morning and realised that we made a great choice to visit the place. Highly recommend to go up and see the breathtaking view.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the drive up Mt John has gone from being free to costing $5 & now $8 per car, we still take ourselves & any visitors up there for the stunning views. It is a must do if visiting Tekapo!

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Adelaide
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

A must do if you are at Lake Tekapo is to drive up to the nearby Mount John Observatory during the day. It costs a few dollars (I think we paid $8) to travel up the road to the Mount, which is collected by the University. Once up the top there are magnificent 360 degree views across Lake Tekapo and... More 

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Thank DownSouthWattos
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Haven't been at night, but it's very pretty up there during the day. Nice view. Would love to come back at night and watch the stars.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Very nice place to look at Lake Tekapo, and take some good photos. And you can see some other lakes on the west side. Be aware of the strong wind on the top. This place close by 5pm, and the fee is 8 dollars per vehicle.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Drove to the top and paid the small fee to park. Great location and amazing views. Nice little coffee shop at the top to enjoy a drink and see the 360 views

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