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Mt John Weekend with the Stars

As alumni of UC, you are invited to take a special look into one of the University’s most significant field stations, the Mt John Observatory at Tekapo.

We would like to invite you to attend our weekend trip to Mt John on Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 September 2018. An example of the weekend programme can be seen below, please note that places are limited.


The afternoon starts at 12.45pm Saturday, with a daytime tour of the Mt John Observatory facilities followed by afternoon tea. We then enjoy an Astronomy lecture down in the village followed by a buffet dinner.

After dinner we return to the Observatory where you will be given the opportunity to view the night sky through one of the telescopes (please note that star viewings are weather dependant*).

On Sunday morning we finish our weekend with a geography/nature walk around the Mt John Summit Track, this provides a great opportunity to learn the history of the area.

Date: Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 September 2018
Time: 12:45pm to 11:30am
Location: Mt John Observatory
Cost: $115
Register for the event here.


Please note:
1. Travel: You will need to organise your own travel to and from Tekapo.
2. Accommodation: Accommodation is not included in the price of this tour. Check out the accommodation providers on the Tekapo Tourism site.
3.*Weather conditions: While this is the optimum time of year to visit, the visibility of the stars is still dependant on weather. In the event of cloudy weather, we have an inside lecture after dinner instead. (This happens around once in every three trips, please note that we cannot refund the payment as it goes towards dinner and the upkeep of Mt John/use of facilities).
4. Group numbers: Due to space constraints of the telescopes and the observatory facilities, and to ensure everyone enjoys a quality experience, the maximum number for this event is 40 people. Registration will close when we reach the allotted number, and you may only register for yourself and one guest.
5. Age of attendees: The recommended minimum age for attendees is 12 years.