Mt John University Observatory, Lake Tekapo

TWILIGHT EXPERIENCE

at University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

A popular experience for those seeking an earlier night.

Immerse yourself in the beauty, facilities and knowledge of our expert guides as the night sky reveals itself over the summer months.

Take in the stunning views at dusk as the sun sets below the Southern Alps whilst enjoying a multi-media presentation, tour of the research facilities and a chance to view the Southern Skies through some of New Zealand's most powerful optical telescopes. 

We strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

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Tour Overview

Location

University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

Stargazing

Up to 16" optical telescopes

Time of day

Early evening, outdoors

Minimum age

5 years & over

Family options

Family-friendly

2

Length

2 hours

Checking in

Please check in at least 20 minutes prior to departure at Dark Sky Project Base, Takapō (Tekapo) lakefront.

What to wear

We supply ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) jackets.

Beverage inclusions

A hot beverage is included in this experience.

Planning your trip

Moon Phase

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.

Weather

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.

Cloud

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.

Pricing

Adult

18 years & over

$175

Child

Ages 5-17

$99

Family

2 adults, 2 children

$449

*Family rates are for 2 adults, 2 children - charges apply for additional children. All prices are subject to change.

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