Earth & Sky - Window to the Universe

"To better understand the nature of the universe we live in by experiencing the Earth and Sky through research, education and environmental appreciation."

I invite you to join Earth & Sky for an Observatory tour, not only can we show you the amazing southern night sky from our two stargazing locations but we will take you on a journey of discovery, learning and intrigue – a place where you will look, listen and learn about our incredible universe and where perhaps you will find yourself contemplating and evaluating our values of this planet we all call home.

- Craig Jones, Business Manager.

Mt John Observatory

Join us on a stargazing tour

Discover the wonders of our illustrious night skies with our popular evening stargazing tours. Whether it’s the ultimate Mount John Observatory Tour, our stargazing purist tour at Cowan’s Observatory or our Church of the Good Shepherd walking tour, there’s something for everyone. 

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Astro Cafe

A bite to eat between earth and sky

Situated on top of Mount John, the Astro-Cafe offers a wide selection of food and beverages, so reward yourself from a walk up or get some comfort in the cool of winter. Sit back, relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

"Quite possibly one of the planet's best locations for a cafe."

- Lonely Planet

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Southern Lights Stamps

NZ Post just released a collection of stamps that feature the Southern Lights and our Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. These stamps also feature stunning images taken by our talented astrophotographers. (Most of the images were taken from University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory.)

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