Earth & Sky

+64 3 680 6960| [email protected]| Tekapo-Twizel Rd, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand

Earth & Sky, Mt John Observatory “Window to the Universe”

BY DAY – Drive or hike to the summit of Mt John. Enjoy your coffee with spectacular views of the Mackenzie Basin at the Astro Cafe. Imagine viewing day-time stars on a day tour of Mt John University Observatory.

Favourable skies and powerful telescopes allow the sun, stars or a planet to be viewed. Marvel at New Zealand’s largest telescope, the MOA and learn about the research it conducts.

MT JOHN TWILIGHT & NIGHT TOUR - Join us for our famous Mt John Observatory tour, located in the world’s largest dark sky reserve. On the tour we provide transport, equipment and guidance; all you need to bring are keen eyes, warm clothes and a desire to see, learn and experience!

Telescopes are able to reveal familiar planets through to dense rich star clusters. Bring your DSLR camera; be stunned by what you could capture. When the stars are hidden from view, delve into the inner sanctums of the observatory as we educate you about the largest telescopes in the country and their discoveries.

Departure times vary. Bookings are advised.

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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a grade 2-3 (easy to intermediate) cycle trail. There are a variety of trail surfaces. Riders are advised to take certain essentials with them (e.g. first aid, repair kit, water, food). Parts of the trail pass through alpine environments, where conditions can change.

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Getting Here

Located in the South Island of New Zealand, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, is the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. It is recommended that you start your ride from Aoraki/Mt Cook - though there are numerous access points along the trail from which to start or end your ride.

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Trail Details & Map

Each of the 9 maps show the elevation, trail surfaces, fitness, skill, traffic, safety notes, and highlights. Please consult the maps to ensure you are prepared for what you'll encounter on each section. Some sections are easy, others more difficult.

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See & Do

Want to know what you can do while visiting the South Island of New Zealand during your ride?

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