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Earth and Sky

Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6960
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Beautiful!

The main reason to visit NZ was to see stars in Tekapo. I'm so happy I took this tour. When I got... read more

Reviewed today
ayaka581
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Tokyo, Japan
Seeing the stars depends on the weather

We had been recommended by a friend to stay in Tekapo for 2 nights in case the sky was too cloudy... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robin T
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
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Reviewed today

The main reason to visit NZ was to see stars in Tekapo. I'm so happy I took this tour. When I got to their office 15 minutes before we left, we were told that the sky was 70% clear. Then when we hopped on the...More

Thank ayaka581
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had been recommended by a friend to stay in Tekapo for 2 nights in case the sky was too cloudy for the trip to Mt John and so we did. Unfortunately the first night had 90% cloud cover and the next days trip at...More

Thank Robin T
Reviewed 6 days ago

A tremendous trip up the mountain on a mostly clear night to see the stars. We were picked up at our hotel and taken to the tour center where we boarded a bus to go to the top of the mountain. Be prepared to have...More

Thank SteveSidney
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the price to get to see the stars from Mount John! Obviously the best spot on 370°C . The guide was very nice and clear when explaining about the southern Cross and the constellations. All the staff is very friendly, they try to keep...More

Thank Justine D
Reviewed 1 week ago

You do not expect to see and have a close look to sky and stars. If you have no much knowledge in sky, stars and planets, you will surely be disappointed, like me. In New Zealand, you can see clear sky and lots of stars...More

Thank Johnksleung
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I adore star gazing and am a bit of an amateur astronomer so this should have been the perfect thing for me. I have been twice and in doing so have come to the conclusion that for the price you pay you get very little...More

Thank rudyp599
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated. It is unfortunate that you did not walk away from our Stargazing & Observatory Tour, reaching for the stars! We appreciate that not everyone will be interested in learning of the ground-breaking research, that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are two tours one about midnight and a later 2pm night owl tour. The earlier one was fully booked so we went in the night owl tour. Its about 2 hours in total but only 10 min drive from the pick up point to...More

Thank Chris-and-Soo
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your excellent review - it is greatly appreciated. Firstly, we are happy to hear our lovely receptionists were able to accommodate you. We do recommend booking as far in advance as possible, to avoid disappointment. Our guests travel from around...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome night tour of the Mount John Observatory. The guides are so passionate and knowledgeable about all things in the sky it's hard not to get infected with some starstruck devotion ! After what we saw at another star gazing location we felt very lucky...More

Thank joannedA8255LQ
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your excellent review. We are thrilled to hear that you have looked back on your experience with Earth & Sky, with fond memories and praise. Our whole team work extremely hard to ensure that each of our visitors have the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour was great. We learnt alot and the guides were very knowledgeable, and happy to answer any questions. I think for the price the tour would've been better if it lasted a little longer but I guess this is quite standard for New Zealand....More

2  Thank Goddessniobe
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for the review of your time with Earth & Sky Stargazing & Observatory Tours in the heart of Lake Tekapo. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with our knowledgeable guides. As a result of your excellent tour experience, you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most amazing parts of our NZ trip! Breathtaking views of planets and nebulae. Excellent organisation, really knowledgable and enthusiastic guides. Can't recommend enough. A definite must do while on South IslandMore

1  Thank Joseph H
Margaret M, General Manager at Earth and Sky, responded to this review

Kia ora, Many thanks for your Trip Advisor review. Our whole team is delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour in its entirety! Our team is always working hard to ensure smooth runnings of nightly tour operations, and so comments such as yours really...More

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wipasirik2015
In house or out side tour in the night?
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
Hi, is the tour wheel chair accessible for elderly? Is there an age limit? My 96 yrs old grandfather is keen to join in April but we aren't sure whether it's gonna be too cold for him.
22 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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nomdeplume83
How much does moon phase affect the tour? I'm going to be there two days before a full moon - does this detract significantly from the experience?
12 January 2017|
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Response from keefenkong | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes it will. Other than the moon another distraction will be the cloud. As the weather is so unpredictable and always changing, my experience there for Mt.John at night, none of the weather forecast were accurate. Earth... More
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