University Of Canterbury Mt John ObservatoryCurrently Closed
- Address: Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Point Of Interest
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This is a great place to visit for a number of reasons. And I'm talking about in the day, not the night as we didn't visit in the dark. 1) the walk from the car park (the path starts to the left of the springs, so just park anywhere around there) to the observatory is a great leg stretcher and not too tricky. It'll take you about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the top as you wind through amazingly scented pine trees, then you can do a loop around the summit. 2) the panoramic views from the top are worth seeing. You'll see the plains towards Mt. Cook, mountains everywhere, and Lake Tekapo from above. 3) the café at the top is actually really nice. The coffee was, as I came to expect from NZ, very, very good, and there seemed to be a good selection of food too for those who want lunch. One other thing: you are able to drive to the top, but there's a fee of something like €8. If I were you, I'd take the walk though as it's not too difficult for people with decent fitness and the summit is a nicer place without cars cramming it up. Enjoy!
A fantastic view point, specially after a long walk up the hill before sunrise, and on a clear day the sky is a bright orange behind the ranges in the background. The cafe was very nice too.
Excellent views, with a small cafe with great food and coffee, very popular with the tourist. $8 to drive to the top, or you can walk up for free. either way the attraction is the view. best seen on a nice sunny day. thumbs up if this post helps you or you like the photos or views
The Mount John observatory has stunning views of the surrounding lakes and hills. We stayed at Lake Tekapo village and it was a short drive to the observatory. Well worth the visit if you have an hour or two.
Excellent views over Lake Tekapo. Be aware if you drive up there is a $8 private road usage fee. Otherwise you can walk up for free with the track starting next to Tekapo Springs.