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Tekapo Star Gazing

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  • Guided stargazing helps you find your way through the nighttime display
  • Indoor projector option features full-color satellite images
  • Evening hour hot pool access means an uncrowded experience
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Tekapo Star Gazing
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10pm Winter Tour
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Enjoy a 2 hour star gazing tour looking deep into the world's largest dark sky reserve including a relaxing float in Tekapo's famous hot pools.
From $62.60
11pm Summer Tour
Enjoy a 2 hour star gazing tour looking deep into the World's largest dark sky reserve including a relaxing float in Tekapo's famous hot pools.
From $62.60
10:30pm Autumn/Spring Tour
Enjoy a 2 hour star gazing tour looking deep into the World's largest dark sky reserve including a relaxing float in Tekapo's famous hot pools.
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Overview
Watch the spectacular stars above the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve on a tour that starts with a guided constellation tour, and ends in the warm waters of Tekapo Springs. Using a floating hammock in the hot pools is ideal for an evening of stargazing that won’t leave you with a sore neck, and access to an indoor star projector means you’re guaranteed to see stars in any weather.
What to Expect

The guided portion of the tour focuses on the mythology and legend attributed to celestial objects by different cultures around the world. If the skies do not co-operate for outdoor stargazing, an informative indoor experience is run instead, featuring the use of a high-definition projector and stunning full-color satellite images of deep space as well as interactive elements and similar fascinating and informative content as in the outdoor tour - including an introduction to our telescopes.

The second half of the tour is where it really gets magical in a 100.4-degree Fahrenheit (38-degree Celsius) hot pool, let the real world melt away as you lie back with the help of a floating hammock to ensure ultimate relaxation and easy sky viewing. While soothing music plays, feel like you are floating among the stars as you explore the night at your own pace. Your guide will be poolside during this unique star viewing experience, so if any questions come to mind or if you would like to know more about the cosmos simply ask!

Our first tour is suitable for all aged 6 and above, and our later tours are suitable for anyone aged 13 and above. Tours include complimentary transport to and from the village centre and popular local accommodation providers, with a pool wheelchair available on request.

Reviews (71)
1 - 5 of 71 reviews
Reviewed November 6, 2018
A brilliant evenings entertainment! (a bit chilly though!)

A long term intention realised. And worthwhile. Overloaded with information, well organised and very enjoyable. One drawback - the hot chocolate drink provided to combat the low temperature was really just lukewarm! Can be a bit hit or miss depending on the weather and cloud...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Jim333
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile
Informative yet Fun!

We were skeptical this tour would be worth it but what a nice surprise. The guides were funny and yet very informative. We saw the Southern cross, the rings of Saturn, Mars and giant views of the moon. Definitely worth it if you have any...More

4  Thank tjbbackdoc
Reviewed August 14, 2018
Mesmerizing

On a clear night, the sky looks mesmerizing. One of the best experiences that one can have. Amazing views of the sky at night.More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank NabeelK118
Melanie R, Administrator at Tekapo Star Gazing, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2018

Hi Nabeel K, thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We agree that the clear night sky is the most stunning sight in the world - or out of it! We are so glad you had an enjoyable tour with us. Kind...More

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Great combination for Star Gazing and Hot Pool!

We are lucky to have a clear sky on our tour. Out guide Matt is very knowledgeable and passionate about stars. It's very interesting to learn and see planets, star constellations, galaxies etc...It's very touching moment to be under the stars and connect to the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mei H
MelanieTSG, Administrator at Tekapo Star Gazing, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Hi Mei H, wow thank you for the stellar review - pun totally intended!! I have passed on your kind words to Matt and the team :) Kind regards, Melanie

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Making Memories Under The Stars

Wow what can we say... First of all a huge thank you to Bill one of the guides for giving us one of the most amazing experiences of our lives, your knowledge and understanding of our Solar System was mind blowing, you had us all...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Judy28112015
MelanieTSG, Administrator at Tekapo Star Gazing, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

Hi Judy28112015, thank you for the kind review!! I will pass on your lovely comments to Bill, Matt, and the team :D We're so glad you enjoyed your night with us and we could help make your trip to the Mackenzie memorable <3 Kind regards,...More

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