Allow one of our astronomy guides to introduce you to the southern night sky. Take a look through our telescopes at Cowan’s hill and discover a few hidden secrets throughout the Milky Way. This tour is perfect for your first stargazing experience, and will only operate if the sky is clear enough to see some of our southern night sky objects.

This tour is mostly run during the busier summer months, and for special events The facilities we keep at Cowan's Observatory are similar to what you'd be using on Mt John, but the tour is a little shorter. It is a dark sky location just like Mount John. Cowan's observatory is closer to the township, offering a more sheltered environment. This makes it a great choice for families. Warm clothing is essential, all year round.


What will I see on a tour?

Every night can be different - the following images are only an indication:


What if it's cloudy? Is it cancelled?

You will be advised of the weather update 10 minutes prior to the tours departure. If it is cloudy, we will cancel this tour. All customers will be issued with a full refund on the same method that payment was taken. If guests are staying in Tekapo for additional nights, we are able to transfer to tour departure to another night – provided there is availability.


What to wear on Earth & Sky Tours

Check out our short video about what kind of clothing is suitable for tours in different seasons, starring some of our talented guides and receptionists.



Is your selected tour fully booked or not available? Please contact our booking office on 03-680-6960 or email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The green colour indicates we have plenty of seats available , while orange colour indicates seats are limited.
'No departure' indicates the tour slot has been taken by another language (ie, Chinese or Japanese).

Billing note:

Earth & Sky Limited Partnership is a New Zealand Registered Company and all prices and transactions are in New Zealand Dollars and include GST. Payment is processed via a Secure Server provided by DPS Payment Express.
Please complete your payment within 10 minutes, after this time your transaction will timeout and payment will be declined.

Due to changing sunset times throughout the year, we will confirm your departure time one week prior to your tour. Check in is held at our Earth And Sky Village Office in Lake Tekapo. The Office is in the western car park in the centre of town, beside the supermarket.