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Star Gazing Tours - Earth & Sky

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Night Observatory Tour:

  • adult NZD$148.00
  • senior (65+) NZD$138.00
  • child (8-17yrs) NZD$83.00

Twilight Tour:

  • adult NZD$148.00
  • child (8-17yrs) NZD$83.00

Little Star Tour:

  • adult NZD$105.00
  • child (5-17yrs) NZD$60.00

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Service rating:   excellent

晚上去山顶看到了南十字星,星座,景色非常美,值得一看。

Product rating:   excellent

Amazing Genius Star Tour.

Reviewed 11-Apr-2017

Service rating:   good

Thoroughly enjoyed, guides so enthusiastic you can't help catch some of there excitement about astronomy.
Would have preferred smaller group possibly so you could spend more time looking through scopes

Product rating:   good

Always good to learn something new guides so enthusiastic

Reviewed 19-Mar-2017

Service rating:   excellent

What an amazing night! The guides were so great - informative and friendly.
We would love to do it again except we live 18 hours away.

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Reviewed 30-Jan-2017

Service rating:   excellent

Great service from Everything Travel Group. Our tour didn't eventuate but you guys took the first step to contact us. Appreciated the immediate full refund. Could look for you guys again for future tours. Thank you.

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Reviewed 20-Jan-2017

Service rating:   good

Good communication etc

Product rating:   good

Great product, knowledgeable people and fantastic gazing - but I think it was a little too pricey on a time at the actual observatory basis. 1/2 an hour more would have felt more satisfactory.

Reviewed 26-Apr-2016

Latest Questions about Star Gazing Tours - Earth & Sky (Lake Tekapo)

HI guy's. .is there vacancies for 2 adults on the night tour for the 24 th of this month? ..
Thanks Ray..

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Hi we are a family of 6 which includes 2 adults, 1 senior and 3 children ages 9, 7 and 5. We understand that your little star tours only operates in the winter months but we will only be in NZ in the month of december. Is there a tour or a variation whereby my young ones can experience stargazing in the month of december as I understand that it is you spring/ summer month.

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The Little Stars tour in Lake Tekapo does only operate during winter however there is another tour that is suitable for kids 5 and older called the Cowans Tour star gazing tour. This is very similar to the normal night tour however it is run at a slightly different location and is a little cheaper. The cost would be $93 for adults, $83 for the senior and $53 for kids. This tour runs most nights so if you could let me know which dates you are thinking of in December I can let you know if there is space for you on that night.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 15th Aug 16 at 12:56

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For the Little Star tour what times do they start ?

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The Little Star tour in Tekapo operates during the winter months only and departs at approximately 5pm.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 4th Jul 16 at 21:50

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We are staying in Queenstown. How do we get to Lake Tekapo? Can you pick us up? Two people.

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Tekapo is a good 3 hour drive from Queenstown and there are no return transfers offered as part of the Mt John star gazing tour unfortunately. There is a star gazing tour available in Queenstown from the top of the Skyline gondola complex. You can also add in dinner at the Skyline restaurant. Cost is $89 for the tour and return gondola ride or $135 if you include dinner. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 21st Jun 16 at 16:52

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How far in advance do I need to book for Mt John Night Tour

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Hi Heather, the Mt John Night Tour is very popular especially during the summer months so bookings need to be made at least a week in advance if not earlier at this time of year. The tour is heavily booked until the end of February at this stage. Let us know what date you are thinking of doing the Mt John Night tour and we can check availability for you.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 20th Jan 16 at 07:56

Hi Heather, the Mt John Night Tour is very popular especially during the summer months so bookings need to be made at least a week in advance if not earlier at this time of year. The tour is heavily booked until the end of February at this stage. Let us know what date you are thinking of doing the Mt John Night tour and we can check availability for you.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 20th Jan 16 at 07:56

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What's the difference between the Mt John Night Observatory Tour & Twilight Tour?

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Hi Szean, the Twilight Tour runs earlier than the Mt John Night Tour so you catch the last of the sunset as well as doing some star gazing. While you wait for the sun to go down you will get a tour of the observatory and the facilities there, watch a short film and have a hot drink and cake before star gazing.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 1st Jan 16 at 07:46

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Hi there,
Is under 5's free on the Little Stars tour?

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Yes children under 5 years of age do travel for free on all the star gazing tours in Tekapo.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 10th Jun 15 at 22:39

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Hi Could you please clarify what a "Little Stars Tour" is? You have very good feedback but the cost is very expensive. I would love to bring my star gazing grandchildren hopefully this would be a way for them to experience it. Many thanks Joy priest

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The Little Star tour at Mt John in Tekapo is very similar to the standard night tour however it is a little shorter and is the first tour for the night so more suitable for kids.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 27th May 15 at 23:36

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what nights can you put your cameras
on the telescopes

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Hi Carolyn, each night there is a photographer up at the Mt John Observatory who can assist in having the correct settings on your camera to get the best pictures of the night sky. You won't actually put your camera on the telescope but you will be educated on how to get the best pictures of the night sky by using the correct settings.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 13th Mar 15 at 10:04

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My husband and I will be holidaying in your area late Dec 2014 to early Jan 2015. We would like to do the night observatory tour and want to know before we book accommodation if you will be open to do the tours in those days or will you be closed for the holiday break? Depending on your days of being open will be when we book our accommodation. Thanks very much.

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Hi Harsha. The Lake Tekapo star gazing tours operate every day of the year except Christmas day. The period over Christmas and New Years and the summer school holidays are the busiest time for bookings so we do recommend booking well in advance.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 23rd May 14 at 19:54

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We will be visiting lake Tekapo for one night in December and would like to do the night observatory tour however with 3 children, youngest of whom is 8 yrs old I am worried it will be too late and they will get bored ... If I book the sunset tour will we still be able to view stars through the telescope once it gets dark?

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Hi Anna,

You will be able to star gaze for the last 20 minutes of the sunset tour. It will not be a dark sky, but you will be able to see bright objects.

The later tour finishes as 12:30am - so it is quite late.

Kind regards

Nigel Hobbs

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Nigel) on 24th Nov 13 at 11:45

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What time does the night tour usually depart? Me and my friends are planning to go to lake Tekapo on the 19th and we'd probably be there at around 6pm. COuld we still make it?

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Hi Marge. The night time Lake Tekapo star gazing tours on Mt John depart an hour or so after sunset all year. These times vary depending on the sunset. On Monday 19th August the sun is setting at right on 6pm so there is a night time star gazing tour departing at 7.15pm on this night. I recommend booking asap as these tours do book up. Once you book and pay online we will email your e ticket and booking confirmation.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 16th Aug 13 at 18:16

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My family will be staying at Tekapo 2,3,4 Jan. Can I buy vouchers for two adults and one child for them as a Christmas gift?

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Hi Joyce. Yes you certainly can buy an open dated gift voucher for the Tekapo Star Gazing. To do this simply go to the Star Gazing page on our website and click on the Book Now button at the top or bottom of the page. Then check the box at the top of the page where it says "I want this to be an open dated Gift Voucher". You then write a message, click the green tick and then choose the options you want. Add this to your Basket, go to the Check out page and pay and we will then email you back with a Gift Voucher.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 6th Nov 12 at 14:53

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Hi

We are going to Tekapo this weekend and have a voucher to use for start gazing which we would like to do on 1 September (night tour). What is the cancellation policy is we book now - the only reason we would cancel is if the weather wasn't very good.

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Hi Katherine, if you book the Tekapo Star Gazing with your voucher for this weekend and Earth & Sky cancel the tour becuase of poor weather then your voucher will be refunded the money. 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 27th Aug 12 at 12:10

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Are you operating on 15/9/12 for a night visit?
Up to how many people can you take?
What happens if it is cloudy?
Many thanks
Ruth

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Hi Ruth,

Yes the Star Gazing Tours at Lake Tekapo are operating on the 15th of September.

When stars are hidden from sight by cloud, The Earth & Sky crew will take you on journey to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer. See behind the scenes of Mt John Observatory, usually out-of-bounds to the general public. Nowhere else can you experience what you see and hear on our Mt John Stargazing Tour. This behind the scene tour is arguably as interesting and amazing as the star gazing.

Regards,

Nigel

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Nigel) on 25th Aug 12 at 15:32

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I am hoping to visit some time in March 2013, I will have a Canon 60D with me - what would I need to connect to your scopes if there was a chance to use it (I have a T adaptor that I use with my scope in the UK).

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Hi Brian. I have spoken to the team at Earth & Sky who run the Mt John night tours and they have informed me that it is not possible to connect your camera up to the telescopes.However, there is a tracking mount which can hold up to 5 cameras and moves with the telescope which enables you to take some longer exposure shots with your camera.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 7th Aug 12 at 19:30

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I have been told that the "Southern Lights" might be able to be "predicted" around 24hrs prior to ocurring. Is this correct? Can we book is there a website to monitor this and check the weather forcast? Accordingly, can we book at VERY short notice as will fly from Auckland. Thanks :)

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Hi Kevin, the Southern Lights are very difficult to predict however there are conditions that make it more likely to occur such as high levels of sun activity and no moon. Within the next week conditions are good for Southern Lights appearing however the window of warning given that it is going to appear is only moments before so not enough in advance to fly down from Auckland unfortunately.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 11th Jul 12 at 16:56

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Hi can we just drive up and ssee the observeratery and have someting to eat in the cafe?What does your cafe serve for adults and kids.

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Hi Jo, yes you certainly can drive up to the Mt John Observatory during the day and have something at the cafe. The cafe serves muffins, scones, slices, cakes as well as an all day breakfast menu including bacon and eggs, toasted sandwiches and bagels etc.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 2nd Jul 12 at 17:50

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I would like to give my husband and our daughter a gift voucher for the night tour. The dates I am looking at are Sept 29th or 30th

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Hi Tricia, this is no problem at all if you want to purchase them a gift voucher just click on the Book Now button on the Earth & Sky page and then at the top of this page check the box that says "I want this to be an open dated gift voucher" that way they will receive the voucher for the Mt John Tour and then when they redeem it online they can select the exact date they want to go.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 26th Jun 12 at 12:01

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What happens if you have prebooked and then the weather doesnt allow viewing?

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Hi E, if the weather prevents your Mt John Star Gazing tour from going ahead then you are given the chance to reschedule or offered a full refund.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 20th Jun 12 at 18:30

Hello, can you please advise whether the state of the moon has an effect on star gazing?

Comment by: Alex van Wijngaarden on 18th Jul 12 at 22:01

Hi Alex, yes the moon certainly does affect star gazing. With a full moon, viewing of stars is poor as there is too much light and you are likely to see only planets and bright stars. The best time for star gazing is when there is a new moon.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group on 19th Jul 12 at 12:27

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Hi there,

I am from auckland, and plan for a 2 or 3 days trip to Lake Tekepo to see Aurora Australis, when is the best time to go there during the year? and should I fly to Tiramu or Christchurch, or Queenstown then drive to Tekepo?

Thanks a lot

Elva Chan

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Hi Elva, an Aurora Australis is extremely unpredictable and no one can ever be certain when it is going to happen. It depends on how active the sun is but it can occur any time of day or night for either a few seconds or last a few hours. Winter is generally a good time of year to see one but only because there are more dark hours.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 20th Jun 12 at 19:45

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Hi. What if we have booked a particular night time tour and the weather is bad, also is it adviseable to prebook or can we book on the day?

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Hi Jenny. If the weather is bad and the Lake Tekapo Star Gazing tour doesn't go ahead then you can reschedule or get a full refund from us. It is adviseable to book in advance as there are often tour groups that book up entire nights.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 23rd May 12 at 11:50

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Hi, I was wondering if the nighttime Star gazing tour is suitable for someone in a wheelchair (me)

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Hi Colin, the Mt John Night tour is not ideal for wheelchair access however if you have a support person with you and have some mobility then you may be ok. The issue will be getting in and out of the van to get up to Mt John and there are a few steps to get up once you get there. If this doesn't sound like an issue then you should be fine.  

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 22nd May 12 at 10:10

Hi Colin, the Mt John Night tour is not ideal for wheelchair access however if you have a support person with you and have some mobility then you may be ok. The issue will be getting in and out of the van to get up to Mt John and there are a few steps to get up once you get there. If this doesn't sound like an issue then you should be fine.  

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 22nd May 12 at 15:22

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Hi my name is Fin Pringle-Booth i am interested in booking a night tour for some friends of mine as a gift. i was wondering if i was to book a night tour if you get to do star gazing during that and also i would like to ask if i was to book it if i had to book it for a specific date or if i could get a sort of booking that could be moved to when is suitable for them? also are there any specific astronomical events in the next 6 months that would be worthy of a special trip? thank you

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Hi Fin Pringle-Booth, you can certainly book the Earth and Sky Night Observatory Tour as a gift you just need to tick the box that says "I want this to be an open dated Gift Voucher" at the top of the Book Now page. You do not select a date, rather it is a voucher for your friends to book when they would like to do it. When they have decided on the date that they want to go they just book it online and use the voucher code to pay. Star gazing is included in the night tour and Tekapo is one of the best places in the world to view the stars. There are no particiular astronomical events that Mt John are advertising in the next 6 months however the experience is magnificent any day as long as the skies are clear.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 8th May 12 at 15:03

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I am flexible as to when to take the night tour. Can you suggest the best night,(in the near future) when I should book this?

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Hi Boyd. The weather is meant to clear Tueday and Wednesday next week (1st & 2nd May). If you are wanting to book the Earth & Sky star gazing tour in Tekapo I'd suggest Wednesday 2nd May might be your best option as there is a full moon later in the week which will mean the sky is not as dark at night and the starz wont be as clear.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 29th Apr 12 at 16:32

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Hi!
We are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids), and are staying in Tekapo fo2 4 nights from July 2nd.
We would like to do the Observatory Night Tour, but are wondering if it's best to book ahead to secure a place, or wait until we get there so we can pick the best night/weather.
Can you please advise?
Many thanks,
Jodi (from Adelaide, Sth Australia)

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Hi Jodi I would recommend booking the Mt John Night Tour for a family of 5 in advance. They often have tour groups coming through which can fill out the tours so it's best to confirm your spot in advance. If the weather is no good and the tour is cancelled you are given the option to reschedule or obtain a full refund. Alternatively if you arrive in Tekapo and want to change your tour date then that is fine as long as there is still space on the night you want to go. You just need to get in touch with us and we can ammend your booking if space allows.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 1st Apr 12 at 13:24

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Can we just drive up in the evening to see the night sky from the top of the road or cafe?

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Hi Richard. The road is closed at night time and is only accessible via tour. To see the stars from up there in the evening you will need to join the Mt John Observatory Night Tour.

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Belinda) on 19th Mar 12 at 18:57

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When is it most likely to be able to see the Aurora from Mt John

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Hi Kathleen. It is impossible to predict when the southern lights or Aurora Australis will be visible from Mt John Observatory in Lake Tekapo as it depends solely on the suns solar activity. It can be visible at any time of the year, summer or winter, although it is often seen more regluarly in winter only because it is dark for longer and the daylight hours are much shorter. Fortunately it has been viewed from Mt John Observatory the last couple of nights but wh knows how long it will stay around for. The Aurora Australis is truly a spectacular sight but even if it isn't visible on the night you visit Lake Tekapo the stars themselves will blow you away! 

Comment by: Everything Travel Group (Callum) on 13th Mar 12 at 19:21

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