Take in the stunning views from Mt John as the Sun sets below the Southern Alps. You will have a chance to visit the World’s Southernmost optical research facility, New Zealand's largest telescope and explore the working environment of astronomers. Enjoy a delicious treat in our Astro-Café whilst enjoying a short multimedia presentation; then join us outside to peer through telescopes and explore the darkening sky. Warm clothing is essential. Please note our astrophotography service is not offered during this tour.
What will I see on a tour?
Every evening can be different - the following images are only an indication:
What if it's cloudy? Is it cancelled?
If it is cloudy we are privileged to have the opportunity to visit the southern most optical research facility in the world. The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory is usually not accessible to anyone other than the astronomers, who are carrying out ground breaking research each night.
On cloudy nights, the stars are hidden from view and so the astronomers take a well deserved break – allowing our knowledgeable astronomy guides to showcase the cutting edge research facility.
Tours will be cancelled if there are high winds, rain, ice or snow.
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.