top of page

The Astro Cafe

Sitting atop Ōtehīwai Mount John, with expansive views right across the MacKenzie Basin, in the heart of the MacKenzie Country, you will find, nestled among the telescopes and antenna of the Mt John Observatory, the Astro Cafe. This is a place where people from all around NZ and the world go to observe the neighbouring planets, the stars, galaxies and beyond, and to relax later,

To quote The Lonely Planet. the Astro Cafe has "quite possibly the best location for a cafe you can find". The Cafe serves the visitors to the Observatory with a range of drinks, including delicious barista-made coffees. The cabinet food selection includes sweet and savoury options, which cater for most dietary restrictions.
For those weary travellers who would like to stretch their legs after a long road journey they can take a 30-45 minute walk around the summit of Mt John.
The Cafe's opening hours are Friday - Monday || 10am - 5pm (final order at 4.30pm)
Astro Café is closed Tuesday - Thursday. 
The website link above takes you to the official website for the Mt John Dark Sky Project where you can choose a range of experiences ranging from observing the night sky to trekking the surrounding rugged terrain.

Activities on offer:

Food and drinks for visitors to the Mt John Observatory
Rest and relaxation for weary road journey travellers
Observations of the night sky through the Mt John Dark Sky Observatory


Dark Sky Project Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 680 6960 - Freephone (New Zealand): 0800 327 5759

bottom of page