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Mount John University Observatory

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422 Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are amazing 360 on a clear day its breathtaking you can see the lake and the mountain range there is a cafe at the top and you have to pay $8 to travel up on the private road but its worth the view

Thank lawrence h
Reviewed 1 week ago

Be aware that there is an $8 charge to go up the road to the observatory / cafe. This is not signposted until you have driven the 3 or 4 km from the main road. If you are just after a coffee this is way...More

Thank Denis C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic night ... forever memorable Knowledgeable guides ... just stunning Hot chocolates and Antarctic coats providedMore

1  Thank MujahidB14
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. We are delighted to read that you found our tour to be well executed, here at Earth & Sky we pride ourselves on ensuring our tours are seamlessly run and that each visitor expectation is exceeded....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Self-drive up (NZ$88 road fee) or steep hike from Lake Tekapo during the day for amazing views of surrounding mountains and lakes. At night a guided trip by Earth and Sky help interpret the night sky and lets you look through one of the giant...More

Thank Helenthereef
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and Trip Advisor review. We are pleased to know you enjoyed your visit to the Mt John summit during the day for those fabulous views as well as joining us on a stargazing tour! We have several...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the place is beautiful and gives an amazing view of lake and and lake tekapo. the walk to observatory is amazing as well.More

Thank haridhiraj
CraigJ952, Business 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 you chose to visit our facilities and had the opportunity to enjoy the horizon to horizon views of the Mackenzie basin, and surrounding areas. We...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018

We didn't think we would get to see this but it was lucky and the skies cleared and up we went. We did the 6pm one which I thought was long enough. It was great to get a second layer of clothing from them, you...More

1  Thank Joshtherock
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and Trip Advisor review. We are delighted that during your tour the weather was able to clear, giving you that perfect clear sky to enjoy with our passionate astronomy guides. As we are in an alpine environment...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

NZD 8 entry fee per car to go up to the mountain top. Worth to have a brief stop and enjoy a coffee at the cafe. You can see Lake Tekapo from a different view and have a 360° look around the area. Recommend to...More

Thank RYHK2014
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and Trip Advisor review! We are delighted that you chose to use the Mt. John Access Road to reach the summit of Mt. John, situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are pleased that...More

Reviewed 1 August 2018

1 hour walk (Mt. John Walkway). The view up there is breathtaking, one won't want to miss it if in the Lake Tekapo region. There are public restrooms and a nice cafe up there. Enjoyed a morning up the mountain with fresh air. There are...More

Thank Elle N
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your brilliant review regarding your recent visit to the summit of Mt. John, and Astro Cafe situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are thrilled you chose to use the free Mt. John Walkways - a brilliant...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This place is just so worth the visit if you are in Tekapo and have a spare hour drive up here ha e a coffee set your camera on panoramic view and enjoyMore

1  Thank David D
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your recent visit and Trip Advisor review! We are pleased to read you enjoyed your visit to our Astro café for a coffee and to enjoy the divine views from the Mt John summit. It's with great pleasure that we...More

Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

what a place. what a view. we paid to get there not the money became unimportant when we were faced with that breathtaking view.More

Thank TaisFelipe
CraigJ952, Business Manager at Mount John University Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience with our team. We are thrilled that you chose to drive on privately owned road situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, the views are truly breathtaking as you...More

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JinX165
3 September 2018|
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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
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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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