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Dark Sky Experience

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Overview
Get ready to embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making. A treat for the senses, the Dark Sky Experience brings science, tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy) and fascinating multi-media installations together in a ‘Big Bang’ of awe and inspiration. Thought-provoking, educational and entertaining, this journey is sure to change your outlook in the best possible way. A world first – this indoor experience is a must on all itineraries whether you’re staying in Takapō (Tekapo) or just stopping by.
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You'll start at
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo 7999, New ZealandBeside the 4 Square supermarket
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    Lake Tekapo
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    A treat for the senses, the Dark Sky Experience brings science, Māori heritage and fascinating multi-media installations together in a ‘Big Bang’ of awe and inspiration. Thought-provoking, educational and entertaining, this journey is sure to change your outlook in the best possible way.
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You'll end at
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo 7999, New ZealandBeside the 4 Square supermarket
See address & details
Important Information
Departure Point
Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
Duration
45m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 45 minutes guided tour
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Tekapo
Exclusions
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Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Pets are welcome
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
8Reviews
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Carolyn B wrote a review Nov 2019
7 contributions
We had almost a personal tour with Daniel. What an inspiring, intelligent and knowledgeable young man. The visual images and explanations were brilliant. We were able to ask questions and Daniels teaching qualities gave us informative answers. The whole experience was mind
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Experience
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Carolyn B, Thank you for taking the time to write such an awesome review. It is always great to receive feedback of this nature. We are over the moon to hear you enjoyed our new indoor Dark Sky Experience and learning about Māori astronomy and science of the night sky from Daniel one of our knowledgeable guides. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit us. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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aRLo201 wrote a review Oct 2019
26 contributions2 helpful votes
I can’t rate the actual experience because I haven’t actually experienced it. My 4 year old grandson and I drove 3 hours from Christchurch just to spend the 45 minutes at the Dark Sky Experience. When we arrived there was a note on the door announcing that it was closed for the
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Experience
Responded Oct 19, 2019
Kia ora aRLo201 Thank you for taking the time to place your feedback. As you noted, we had to unexpectedly close with very short notice on that Friday, reopening on the Saturday. This was a one-off event and we prioritised informing all customers however it appears we missed you – we are very sorry for this. We will be in touch as understand both the inconvenience and associated costs to you and your family. Lauren
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VikiM wrote a review Jul 2019
72 contributions27 helpful votes
A wonderful insight into the history, chemistry, astronomy and Maori mythology surrounding the night sky. The Dark Sky Experience is a multimedia, all-weather and daytime dip in to the Southern Hemisphere. The tour takes about 40 minutes and visits four different rooms each
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Date of experience: July 2019
Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Experience
Responded Jul 20, 2019
Kia ora VikiM, Thanks for your review on TripAdvisor, we really appreciate your feedback. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed our new Dark Sky Experience and learning about tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy) and science of the night sky. We are glad that you also visited our new Dark Sky Diner and retail shop during your visit, the views of Lake Takapō (Tekapo) from the Diner really are breathtaking. Thanks again for visiting and reviewing us on TripAdvisor. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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Michael wrote a review Jul 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
To everyone travelling to South Island on New Zealand this is a must do activity for all ages . I would Highly recommend you calling and doing the Dark sky experience at the new Tekapo Observatory on lake Front . We recently called in with our family and we all enjoyed and it
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Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Experience
Responded Jul 13, 2019
Kia ora lummy2019, Thanks for taking the time to place a review on TripAdvisor. It's fantastic to hear that you and your family enjoyed our new Dark Sky Experience and you all found the tour to be informative and educational. It is always fantastic to receive feedback of this nature as it highlights the uniqueness of our new experience, combining both tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy) and science to create a world-first multi-media indoor astronomy experience. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back the next time you're in Takapō (Tekapo). Ngā mihi, Lauren
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WheelsNZL wrote a review Jul 2019
15 contributions5 helpful votes
Totally not what we’d expected and certainly not with the price. We paid the special July price of $99 for the family and we were in and out in just on 30 minutes. For a brand new attraction that has just opened we expected something special and innovative. Unfortunately lacking
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Date of experience: July 2019
Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Dark Sky Experience
Responded Jul 8, 2019
Kia ora WheelsNZL, Thanks for choosing Dark Sky Project and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We really value feedback as a way to improve our experiences. We are really disappointed to hear your experience did not live up to your expectations. Last week we launched the new Dark Sky Experience and we are monitoring feedback really closely (we also have our own customer surveys) to ensure the experience evolves and continually develops. The experience should have been (and usually is) 45 minutes so we will check in with the team on this, and also the clarity of the commentary. We will discuss your points with the team – thank you again for the feedback. We welcome you to email us info@darkskyproject.co.nz with any further feedback. Thanks again for choosing us, and providing the feedback. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English, Japanese
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