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.




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Mt. John Community Nights

Once again it has come around to that time of year for our Mt. John Community Nights! This is a fundraiser for Lake Tekapo Primary school, hosted by the University of Canterbury and us here at Earth and Sky. The evenings in question are Friday the 19th and 26th of September.

The University of Canterbury kindly provide the open night on Mt. John. Earth and Sky will be providing Astronomy guides, shuttle transport to the summit and additional telescope equipment to assist in the stunning stargazing that we are famous for!


Shuttle transport is provided by Earth and Sky from the bottom of Mt. John (Godley Peaks Road) between 7pm and 8.30pm. (Parking spaces are available at the entrance gate). The last shuttle down from the mountain is at 9pm.


Shuttles will depart from the Mt. John access gate. For directions from the Lake Tekapo Township click here. Please note, as always, no private vehicle will have access to the top of Mt. John during the evening- parking spaces are available at the gate.


Parents from Lake Tekapo Primary School will be taking the fee at the gate (see below), no EFTPOS is available, you will need to bring cash.


Fee for open night:

  • 1 Adult:                                              $20.00 per person
  • 1 High School/University student:     $5.00 per person
  • Primary School Student:                   $2.00 per person
  • Under 5 years old:                             free of charge


Contact Earth and Sky with any enquires:

  • Phone: +64 (03) 6806960
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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.