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Earth and Sky

Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6960
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Absolutely amazing

A fantastic 2 hour trip. I found the whole experience so worthwhile , making me realise what an... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
JanS1750
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Excellent first experience of star gazing at Cowan's observatory

Pros: 1. Knowledgeable and passionate staff. Eager to answer questions. 2. Very good telescopes... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amit T
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Singapore, Singapore
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Earth & Sky Stargazing and Observatory tours operate in beautiful Lake Tekapo situated in the South Island. Visitors find enjoyment, entertainment and inspiration through a ‘hands-on’ experience as knowledgeable astronomy guides share the wonders of space, promote a scientific understanding of the southern night sky, and help reconnect people with a special part of nature using powerful telescopes. Tours operate at two big sky locations including the University of Canterbury Mt John Research Observatory. Lake Tekapo sits at the heart of the gold ranked ’Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve‘ (est 2012) - Earth & Sky - the best attraction in New Zealand to show you the universe.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A fantastic 2 hour trip. I found the whole experience so worthwhile , making me realise what an insignificant being each of us is within the whole cosmos. The guides were so knowledgeable, encouraging questions. The stars were bright. Through telescopes we saw dying stars,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Pros: 1. Knowledgeable and passionate staff. Eager to answer questions. 2. Very good telescopes. Staff encourages viewing through telescopes 3. Viewing the ISS whizzing by was quite captivating 4. Great views of the milky way Overall experience was very good, especially for a first timer...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The observatory tour was incredible, to be able to see the milky way in such darkness and so close was amazing. The information was interesting and the guides were so enthusiastic and informative.

Thank georginaestatham
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have gone during the day and dined at the cafe,but we did the Night Tour the scientific researches that takes place at the Observatory is shared with many countries. The night sky in this region has thousands of stars and no lights at night,even...More

Thank Julia G
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience with our team. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed many aspects of your visit with Earth & Sky. From the panoramic views of the Mackenzie basin seen from the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip to Mt John Observatory was great in-spite of bad weather meaning we couldn’t see the stars. All the guides were amazing, so interesting and informative. We learnt so much and had a great time and were so glad we went.More

Thank HuiaBay
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora, We are delighted to read such a positive review regarding your visit to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, during your recent Earth & Sky Stargazing & Observatory Tour. It is unfortunate that the stars were hidden from view throughout the duration...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am giving 5 star for sheer professional customer service even though cloudy weather cancelled our tour. Kiwis are known for their hospitality & this operator took that a notch ahead. They constantly monitor the weather & make a call of go/no-go at the very...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent customer service experience with our team. It is unfortunate to read that your tour did not go ahead due to adverse weather conditions. We are thrilled that you walked away from your visit...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend had recommended going to Lake Tekapo just so we could go to this observatory. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but as we were driving through Twizel on the way to Tekapo, I looked up and could see the entire Milky Way...More

Thank Natasha M
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Natasha, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team, based here in Lake Tekapo. We are thrilled to read that you added Earth & Sky to your recent travel itinerary after a recommendation from a friend. It...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked the 2am tour and it was the same situation of complete cloud cover and everyone was offered the same 3 options. I chose to take the chance and go for the tour as I had made a one night stop in Tekapo only...More

Thank polartortoise
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience with our team. We are delighted to read that you chose to add Earth & Sky to your trip itinerary in New Zealand. As Lake Tekapo is situated in an alpine...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be prepared for cancellation of tour due to cloudy sky or bad weather. We booked the star gazing tour and were told to be at the meeting point (office) at 11.45pm as our tour would commence after midnight. Instructions were given to us to dress...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your in-depth account for your recent experience with our team here in Lake Tekapo. As Lake Tekapo is situated in an Alpine environment, it can result in unpredictable weather conditions. It is unfortunate that the stars did not align for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On our South Island journey from Australia, a one night stop at Lake Tekapo was an absolute must to experience the Mt John Observatory tour. We chose the Twilight tour which I would highly recommend, meeting at 9.10pm for a 9.30pm departure. Because the days...More

Thank Taylor M
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, We want to thank you for choosing to join an Earth & Sky tour here at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. It is our pleasure to host guests at our facilities, beneath the largest international dark sky reserve in the world...More

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Pei Ee C
18 September 2017|
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Response from James G | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know about. But it's quite late, so it may not be suited for young children.
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wipasirik2015
13 April 2017|
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Response from Adila B | Reviewed this property |
We did the night tour but I believe they also offer day tours. Night is probably best especially if the sky is clear.
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Evi Y
22 March 2017|
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Response from Sandy H | Reviewed this property |
We did notice a disabled parking bay and some smoother concrete paths to some of the areas. They provide great coats but as others said take your own warm hat and gloves and a rug for the wheelchair. We did the twilight tour... More
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