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Crater Experience at Cowan's Observatory

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    What to Expect
    Allow one of our astronomy guides to introduce you to the southern night sky. Take a look through our telescopes at Cowan’s hill and discover a few hidden secrets throughout the Milky Way. This tour is perfect for your first stargazing experience, and will only operate if the sky is clear enough to see some of our southern night sky objects.

    The facilities we keep at Cowan's Observatory are similar to what you'd be using on Mt John, but the tour is a little shorter. It is a dark sky location just like Mount John. Cowan's observatory is closer to the township, offering a more sheltered environment. This makes it a great choice for families. Warm clothing is essential, all year round.
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    Departure Point
    Lake Tekapo, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    Start times vary and will be advised upon booking confirmation
    Duration
    1h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Professional guide
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Dress warm all year round
    • A minimum of 2 people per tour is required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    My two teenage daughters, myself and my husband went along to the star gazing night with no expectations. And wow!!! What a night!! Adrian, our tour guide, shared his endless enthusiasm and deep knowledge on astronomy with all of us. I am nearly 50 years...More

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    Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Project, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Kia ora dee170770, Thank you for taking the time to write such an awesome review for us! We really appreciate it. So glad to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience with us and learning about our night sky from our knowledgeable guide - I...More

    Reviewed September 10, 2019 via mobile

    Impromptu booking of the  Carter experience as it was a clear night. It was amazing from start to finish. Extremely passionate and informative staff who explained everything really well. Provide you with warm jackets and tea and coffee is available although we were too busy...More

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    Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Project, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    Kia ora jamesgO2960SV, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us, it is always great to receive feedback of this nature. We are over the moon to hear that you had a magical and memorable experience at our Crater Experience. It's fantastic...More

    Reviewed September 2, 2019 via mobile

    The experience out to the crater at Cowan’s blew my mind, Claire our guide was amazing and made the cosmos understandable, I learnt so much in one trip. Highly recommend this experience to everyoneMore

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    Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Project, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2019

    Kia ora ffilc22, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience, we appreciate your comments. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the Crater Experience at our Cowan's private Observatory. We are over the moon to hear that you enjoyed learning about the night...More

    Reviewed July 6, 2019

    We just undertook the Crater experience tonight. We were under the impression it was more private and that we would have better access to the guides. The tours are capped at 20 with 2 guides, they run other tours at the same time as yours...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Project, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2019

    Kia ora Hoogeveensd, Thanks for choosing Dark Sky Project and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are sorry that your experience was disrupted by children – we will talk to both our customer service teams and guides to ensure that...More

    Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

    I did the Cowan’s tour as a very last minute decision upon arriving at Tekapo on a clear night during a New Moon. I had a great experience with the office staff, learning more about the tours and what to expect. My issue night of...More

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    Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Project, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2019

    Kia ora Bayjb, Thanks you for choosing Earth & Sky and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We really value feedback and use it as an opportunity to improve our tours. We’re sorry your tour didn’t meet your expectations. Our guides...More

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