Astro Café – Mt John
Visit the mountain-top Astro Café at Mt John’s Observatory for the most incredible 360 degree views of the Mackenzie Basin. Fully enclosed in glass, protecting from the elements but not restricting the views the Astro Café serves a good selection of food and drinks.
You can either drive or walk to the Astro Café at the summit of Mt John. If driving there is an entry charge of $8 per vehicle payable at the kiosk on the Mt John Access road. Or there are a couple of tracks to walk to the summit.
Bike to The Pines for a picnic lunch
There are bikes available for hire from Tailor Made Backpackers (Aorangi Crescent). A great track is bike to town, over the pedestrian bridge to the church then follow the path around the lake to Pines Beach, it’s a great place for the hardy to swim too the water is a tropical 16-17 degrees in summer and around 12 degrees in winter!
Take a flight with Air Safaris
There are a number of options with Air Safaris but if you can do the Grand Traverse you’ll have the flight of a life time, it’s around 50 minutes air time and you’ll see beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, golden tussock lands, the braided river systems of the Mackenzie basin, glacial valleys, New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers – including Aoraki Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier
The area around Tekapo is the world’s largest “dark sky reserve” and one of the best places in the world to view the stars. Dark Sky Project operate a range of different tour options at Mt John and Cowan’s Hill Observatories, with extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides to navigate your way around the solar system.
Golf at the Cairns
The Cairns Golf Course is designed to be a fun 18-hole golf course with strategy being key, you can also enjoy views of both the McKenzie Basin and the Tekapo area. To hire clubs and carts go to the office located at the Balmoral Farmyard.
Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
The Church of the Good Shepherd, a beautiful little church is well worth a visit, if you walk down to the village you can cross a foot bridge and wander down to the church.
Head out for a walk
For more information on the walks click here.