Welcome to Earth & Sky - Window to the Universe!

Experience the wonders of the universe with Earth & Sky.  Join us on one of our famous Night-time Observatory Tours at one of two dedicated locations in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.  With tours at Mt. John University Observatory and Cowan’s Observatory on offer, you’ll have plenty of programs from which to choose.  Let us sweep you up in the excitement.  We're all about learning and sharing our enthusiasm for the universe, and the science that gets uthere.  Based in Lake Tekapo we try to provide both education and fun for those learning about the stars and our place in the universe!  And what better place to set your imagination free and your spirits soaring skyward than the award-wining Astro-Cafe.  Visit the Cafe and be the envy of all as you tuck into homemade delights while soaking up the unrivaled views.




Events & Promotions

Tekapo Star Party!

Tekapo Star Party!

Earth and Sky’s tenth year!

Recent finalists in the South Canterbury and Canterbury Business and Excellence Awards.

Winners of Tourism Industry Category, South Canterbury Business and Excellence Awards.

We are hosting a Star Party to celebrate, Saturday 4th of October, starting just after sunset, telescopes will be setup to view... stars, planets, the Moon, and as it gets dark... clusters, nebula and more!

Everyone will have the opportunity to view a feature object through the 14 inch telescope housed inside the dome.

Our friendly guides will be on-hand, with telescopes to point and showcase objects and answer your burning astronomy questions.

We'll have regular shuttles running throughout the evening, last shuttle bus back to Lake Tekapo at 10:30.

If there are stars there will be a Star Party!

There will be individual and group photos, so you're are encouraged to dress up, bring your cameras, you may be surprised what you can capture!

Bring a gold coin (or more) for the fundraiser, there will also be a BBQ/ and soft drinks available to purchase. There will be no EFTPOS available, please bring cash.

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See y'all there!


Contact Earth and Sky with any enquires:

  • Phone: +64 (03) 6806960
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We are proud to announce that we are now an official business partner of Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism, sharing the beauty of the Mackenzie Country skies with the rest of the world.