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Earth and Sky

Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Mount John Observatory is amazing

Great tour guides and bus driver. Everything well explained. Good coats provided. Gloves and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Adriandcass
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Mesmerising must do!

This area in the south island is the largest Gold star rated dark sky reserve. This company run... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dom I
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  • Excellent65%
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  • Average7%
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Earth & Sky Stargazing and Observatory tours operate in beautiful Lake Tekapo situated in the South Island. Visitors find enjoyment, entertainment and inspiration through a ‘hands-on’ experience as knowledgeable astronomy guides share the wonders of...more
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Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour guides and bus driver. Everything well explained. Good coats provided. Gloves and beanies a must. Very cold on mountain. The stars are amazing here. Black sky Reserve. I’ve never experienced anything like it. Must do.

Thank Adriandcass
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This area in the south island is the largest Gold star rated dark sky reserve. This company run private tours of the nearby Mt. John observatory, about 10-15 minutes drive via their tour shuttle bus (included in price) from their tour office in Lake Tekapo...More

Thank Dom I
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had already walked up Mount Cook during the daytime, however we decided to spend the $150 dollars each to get closer look at the observatory observatory. We were a little disappointed as we thought we would be spending more time inside the domes. Be...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was at a very basic level, the complementary astrophotographer's photographys on my camera were rubbish (ISO way too high) and the group size was too big for the number of telescopes which resulted in quite alot of standing about. Unfortunately would not recommend...More

Thank Charlotte A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had been waiting for this tour having heard of the dark sky reserve. We were quite worried that it would get cancelled as just the pervious day storm had hit the North island and we also had snowfall when driving to lake tekapo. To...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your TripAdvisor review for your recent visit to Lake Tekapo. It is great to read that you were able to enjoy your tour, despite pending adverse weather conditions. Our team are trained to deal with any unpredictable weather. We are...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this tour very informative and fascinating - loved the stunning night sky without any light pollution, enjoyed the guides sharing their stories and knowledge, and appreciated the opportunity to look through telescopes. Also appreciated having astro-photographer there take photos on our camera for...More

Thank Sarah T
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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share a review regarding your recent visit to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We appreciate you taking the time to add our Earth & Sky tours to your travel itinerary, here in New Zealand....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most memorable nights I’ve had in New Zealand ever in 25 years. Don’t miss out and go! We had a new moon so it was super dark and my kids loved it- 9 and 12. The guides were just amazing...More

Thank Emma N
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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your ‘out of this world’ review regarding your recent visitor experience with our team here in Lake Tekapo. We are thrilled to read that you were able to add our tour to your trip itinerary, and to read such high...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lake Tekapo is in a designated “dark sky” reserve which means there is little light pollution to diminish the night skies. On a clear, cloudless night with no moon, the skies are brilliantly lit with stars and you can see the Milky Way, and as...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent booking experience with our team. We are delighted that you chose to go ahead and book one of our Earth & Sky Stargazing Tours conducted at our second Dark Sky location - Cowans...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing evening at the observatory learning about the incredible night sky. The young guides are very passionate and knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. I do agree with the earlier poster who commented about there not being a time slot on...More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. It is great to read that you found our Astronomy guides to be both passionate and hold great knowledge on the wonders of the Universe. Thank you for your...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

We made online reservations 5 days before arrival. You CANNOT pick a time for your tour on line. We never heard anything from the company about the time of our tour--even though their web site says they will contact you one week before the tour....More

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Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. We are continually looking for new ways to improve our customer experiences. Comments such as yours, are taken on board and can be extremely helpful. We are disappointed that...More

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Pei Ee C
18 September 2017|
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Response from James G | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know about. But it's quite late, so it may not be suited for young children.
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wipasirik2015
13 April 2017|
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Response from Adila B | Reviewed this property |
We did the night tour but I believe they also offer day tours. Night is probably best especially if the sky is clear.
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Evi Y
23 March 2017|
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Response from Sandy H | Reviewed this property |
We did notice a disabled parking bay and some smoother concrete paths to some of the areas. They provide great coats but as others said take your own warm hat and gloves and a rug for the wheelchair. We did the twilight tour... More
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