Launching 2 July: new indoor Dark Sky Experience!

Get ready to embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making. The Dark Sky Experience brings science, tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy) and fascinating multi-media installations together in a ‘Big Bang’ of awe and inspiration. This indoor, all-weather multi media 45 minute experience is a must for all visitors. Tours depart regularly throughout the day.

Mt John Observatory

Join us on a tour

Want to discover the wonders of the Southern skies through powerful telescopes? Or maybe visit some of the largest telescopes in New Zealand and learn more about the research being performed at University of Canterbury's Mount John Observatory? We provide a variety of tours to suit many interests.

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