COVID-19 Updates

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond to COVID-19. Please see our latest information below. 

We will continue to update this webpage and encourage all customers to check here for up to date and accurate information.






Stargazing Tours

Dark Sky Project is pleased to offer The Crater Experience at the Cowan's Private Observatory from Friday 3 July 2020.  Tours will operate Thursday - Mondays. Bookings can be made online or phone +64 3 680 6960. Visitors can also book at the Dark Sky Project gift shop (at 1 Motuariki Lane) which will be open Saturday and Sundays from 11.30am - 3.30pm.


Access to University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory 

The Mount John Observatory vehicle access road will be open 10.30am - 2.30pm Thursday to Monday. Please note an $8 user fee applies per vehicle. 

The Astro Cafe located at Mt John summit remains closed; please note there are no toilet facilities available. 


Dark Sky Project Gift Shop

Dark Sky Project gift shop at 1 Motuariki Lane will open 1pm till late Friday 10 July - Sunday 12 July.  


Astro Cafe and Dark Sky Diner: closed until further notice 

Astro Cafe, Dark Sky Diner and the Dark Sky Project retail shop remains closed until further notice. Updates will be made on this website.