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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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+64 3-680 6000

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Beautiful views and good food

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank DownSouthWattos
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

Thank AtrejuA
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank wei s
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank casualtraveller1
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After Lake Tekapo, going west you need to branch off the main road and drive up a winding road all the way up the mountain to reach the Mt. john Observatory (part of the University of Canterbury) There are a few observatories as well as a Astro Cafe on the very top. After the scary winding road drive, the amazing... More 

Thank Nyet2013
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did enjoy our trip up to the mount John Observatory but were very surprised that we were charged to drive up the road. We have been up there before and were not charged. We planned to have lunch at the cafe but when we got up there we found that there was a wedding which was a little disapointing... More 

Thank Sonya W
Wanaka, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic views, such a huge vista. The coffee matched the views. Such a shame the photos don't do the vista justice.

Thank Wanaka21a
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mount John University Observatory is a good viewpoint for Lake Tekapo. There are a few domes that store telescope, but this wasn't accessible. There's a funny 'Astro' Cafe. The access road is paid. I wouldn't come just for that, but it can be a good place for a short visit if you're passing by.

Thank RestOrRanteur
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a good walk up from Lake Tekapo through the woods but once you are up there the only thing to see is the observatory domes. There is a little information but not a lot. You can not see inside the observatory. There are some great views at the top of the mountain. There is also a cafe selling... More 

Thank old_romantics_2000
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The night tour was decent enough and very informative ven if its on the pricey side. The guides are very knowledgable and can answer most of your wildest and weirdest questions about the universe. I would be a bit perturbed if it was cloudy or rainy as there is no refund, you apparently get a powerpoint presentation but dont quote... More 

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