A World-Class Astronomy Experience

We are thrilled to announce that Earth & Sky is bringing to life a state of the art astronomy experience on the shores of Lake Tekapo. 

Architect rendering of the new astronomy centre.

Brashear Telescope in the Flower Observatory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Located in the heart of the internationally renowned Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the centre aims to be a key astronomy facility for the region. It will complement our existing observatory and stargazing night tours and will also include food, beverage and retail offerings.  immersive and interactive daytime experience will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the illustrious Southern night skies from both a scientific and Māori perspective. 

The indoors attraction will ensure visitors can enjoy an authentic astronomy experience when they come to stay in Tekapo or when passing through the region, regardless of the time of day and weather conditions.  

The building will also showcase one of the world’s most prestigious Victorian telescopes, the Brashear. Originally built in 1894 and standing at eight metres tall, the telescope will be the proud centrepiece in the attraction and have its own observatory dome.

A truly collaborative project, we would like to thank all those involved in bringing this unique experience to life. We would particularly like to acknowledge the efforts of Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua, Te Rūnanga o Waihao, Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, and the University of Canterbury.

Regardless of your passion and appetite for astronomy, this lakefront property in one of Aotearoa’s most stunning locations promises to amaze and will be well worth the stop on your next visit to the region.  

Project dates: 

February 2018 Site whakawātea (blessing)
March 2018 Works commenced
April 2019 Expected opening 

Project partners:

Construction partners: Cook Brothers Construction 

Experience design partners: ThoughtFull Design

Enquiries about the project? 

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Nā te pō, ko te ao, ko te ao mārama

From the darkest depths of the night we become enlightened