Fodor's Expert Review Earth and Sky

Mackenzie Country and Lake Tekapo Observatory

If you're extremely lucky, you'll see the southern lights. Even if you don't, you're still at one of the best stargazing sites in the world. Earth and Sky operates from the Mt. John Observatory and studies the skies above Lake Tekapo. The Astro Café has ham-off-the-bone sandwiches, telescopes, and dizzying views. Stargazing trips leave from the town office in the evening, and reservations are essential. Earth and Sky also offers a shorter one-hour tour of the Cowan's Observatory, which is more suitable for those with younger children. You can do daytime tours of the facility, too, just book at the café. The coffee's good there, too.

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Main St., State Hwy. 8
Lake Tekapo, Canterbury  7945, New Zealand


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Rate Includes: NZ$145

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