University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory
Up to 16" optical telescope
Time of day
5 years & over
Early evening options available
Various throughout the year depending on time of sunset
Please check in at least 20 minutes prior to departure at Dark Sky Project Base, Takapō (Tekapo) lakefront.
Planning your trip
The sky is at its darkest when there is no moon however as we are in a Dark Sky Reserve there is still plenty visible throughout the whole month.
Takapō has its own unique alpine micro-climate and can change without notice. Weather predictions are often inaccurate. We recommend allowing as much time in the region as you can.
Our guides tailor content to what is visible on a given night. In the case of full cloud cover, we will offer an alternative option. In some cases a full refund may be offered.
- Apr 2021 – Dec 2021
2 Adults 2 Children
Additional to Family Pass
18 years & over