Earth & Sky

Mt John is regarded internationally as the most beautiful, easily accessible Observatory in the World, just 15 minutes from Lake Tekapo Experience the darkest night skies. By day, view nature, vast landscapes, mountain ranges & turquoise water of Lake Tekapo. Tekapo is a three hour drive from the nearest city of Christchurch. Earth & Sky operate guided tours at night (and day) to Mt John, where the general public can experience ‘Lake Tekapo’s sanctuary for the stars’ view the transformation as Earth farewell’s daylight and welcomes in the stunning southern night sky. Tours run every day and night excluding Christmas Day, tours are suitable for all ages and special tours can be arranged for educational groups or touring groups.

Opening Hours

Business hours
    Summer 10am - midnight (1 November - 31 March). Winter 10am - 10pm (1 April - 31 October)
Months of operation
    All Year
  • Proximity to town:
    Earth&Sky Office is located on the main street; Mt John Observatory is located 15 minutes from Lake Tekapo Township.

Pricing & Conditions

Mt John Day tours, Family Tours and Cowan's Observatory Tour, conditions apply. Age restrictions applies to different tours. Earth & Sky Terms and Conditions. Full payment of your tour is required at time of booking. Earth & Sky asks you to consider this statement prior to payment. Earth & Sky wishes to advise it is unable to guarantee full clarity of the night sky.   Periodically our Mt John Astronomy Tours may be subject to partial or full cloud.