Mt John Observatory

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Mount John Access Road, Lake Tekapo, South Island.

(03) 680 6960

0800 327 5759


The University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory has 6 telescopes including the countrys biggest which can observe 50 million stars each night. Considered New Zealands premier astronomical research centre, the observatory is operated by the University of Canterbury and has research astronomers from Japan, USA and Germany. At night Mount John truly comes to life, with millions of stars and planets visible in the dark sky above. Part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Mount John is one of the best places in the world to observe the planets, stars, galaxies and solar systems. It is also considered one of the most accessible observatories in the world. Earth and Sky operate several day and night sky tours from Mount John.

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Lat: -43.985247 Lng: 170.46495

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