Tekapō stargazing

A three-quarter moon rising over Mt John made conditions dubious for viewing Tekapō’s world-renowned night sky.


The magical night sky at Mt John Observatory. © Julian Apse

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It is disconcerting driving through the countryside without holding a steering wheel.

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Cathedral Cove Walk

Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery from this track which leads down to Gemstone and Stingray Bays as well as Cathedral Cove,...


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