Mt John University Observatory above Lake Tekapo with the high mountains of the Southern Alps behind.
The location here is renouned for the clarity of its sky and lack of city light pollution.
It is one of the best stargazing sites in the world and in 2012 was awarded a ' gold level ' international Dark Sky Reserve award.
We took the night tour and it was truely amazing . It included looking through the large telescopes at the stars , planets and galaxys of the Southern hemisphere. We also learnt how the early navigators used the stars for navigation. A fascinating tour .