Earth & Sky operates its unique Stargazing and Observatory Tours at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory and Cowan’s Observatory in Lake Tekapo. Providing guests the only tour option where horizon to horizon views of the spectacular night skies across the vast Mackenzie Basin can be seen.
The small resident population contribute to minimizing the impact of light pollution. The Mackenzie District Council’s lighting ordinance’s introduced in the 1980’s, enforces all lights to be shaded preventing light emitting upwards into the sky, allowing researchers, locals and visitors an appreciation of our spectacular nightscape for generations to come.
The region of the Mackenzie Basin was recognized as the ‘Aoraki-Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve’, in June 2012. It was the first to be awarded a Gold Status for its quality of darkness and today remains the largest of all the eleven International Dark Sky Reserves in the world.
Mt John and Cowan’s Observatory’s provide an awesome location with a truly magical astronomy experience provided by Earth & Sky. As the founders of astro-tourism, Earth & Sky prides itself on offering an award winning premium night time attraction to over 50,000 visitors annually from around the world. Showing first-hand why an Earth & Sky tour provides the nation’s best and most out-standing ‘window to our Universe’.
Tour bookings – 03 680 6960 or www.earthandsky.co.nz (on-line booking available)