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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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Very informative tour, something different to do even if not your thing.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
friedlock
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Melbourne, Australia
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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Linslade, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid $8 to drive up in the afternoon, used the car park and then did the circular walk. The views are breathtaking and I have never seen a lake so blue before. Well worth a visit. There are cafe and toilet facilities.

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Thank Jan D
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can hike up from the village or pay $8 to drive to the top but you have to join a tour to go up at night. The views are wonderful although be warned it can be quite cool and windy so take a jacket. We took a picnic and found a rock to shelter from the wind and enjoy... More 

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Thank Sandy H
La Grande, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mt John Observatory, located between the towns of Twiuzel and Tikapo, is an exceptional stop. The air is fresh and clear, and you enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire area, including Lake tikapo the the Mt Cook mountain ranges. Tikapo is designated as a "dark reserve." Special lighting is required in the area to insure that the... More 

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Paphos District, Cyprus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in the morning there is a charge of eight dollars to drive up to summit. There were a number of telescopes, which I was told are the best in NZ. Night time visit would be best.

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Thank Michael H
Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were glad we drove and didn't walk to the top. The view was beautiful. Make sure to check the hours before you go as we went at 6 and they were closed for the evening. It costs $8 to get in.

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is primarily for the Mt John Observatory nighttime skygazing tour (operated by a private company), but I also went up the mountain during the daytime (note: parking now costs ~5 NZD, but hiking up is still free!). Views during the day are splendid with Lake Tekapo and its village on the lakeside surrounded by mountains. The cafe at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

$8 per car toll booth at start of private road to Observatory/cafe/lookout. Fantastic all around view of Lake Tekapo, the township back towards Burkes Pass, and much of the Mackenzie Basin. Worth a coffee or cold drink to sit down or wander & take it all in. Not too steep for Oldies. There are toilets.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

We took the twilight tour which left about 9.30 We met at the shop in town and got the bus up. The driver gave us lots of information on the way which was great. The views when we got up there were fab as the sun was setting. We learned a lot and the young staff were really enthusiastic. Although... More 

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