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‘Lake Tekapo – Window to the Universe’. By day, drive or hike to the summit of Mt John for spectacular views, and indulge in the best of coffee and refreshments at the Astro Café. Experience the Twilight or Mount John Night Observatory Tours; both provide a hands-on astronomy experience which includes transport, guidance and the use of powerful telescopes to navigate around the southern night sky. The Cowan’s Hill Tour provides a shorter but just as impressive astronomy experience. New Zealand’s premier observatory was situated here due to the stability and transparency of the atmosphere and the region’s uniquely dark skies, free of city light pollution, making it a one-of-a-kind place to stargaze!

Operating hours: Day Tours 1pm – 4pm, café 9am – 5pm daily. Evening Observatory Tours, bookings essential. We provide: Transport, equipment, guide.

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