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Stargazing: Mount Cook or Lake Tekapo

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Stargazing: Mount Cook or Lake Tekapo

I have one day & night planned in the Mt Cook region & trying to decide between Mt Cook Village or Lake Tekapo. We are most interested in the stargazing tours & I know both locations offer something. Is one better than the other or are both pretty amazing?

Thanks!!!!

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1. Re: Stargazing: Mount Cook or Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is New Zealand's only Dark Sky Reserve. It has the St John Observatory nearby. You can visit the Observatory directly or engage tours with

http://earthandskynz.com/earthandsky/

As with all stargazing, no matter how great the location, you still need clear skies. So weather can determine the success of your experience. Lake Tekapo is a fabulously beautiful location with lots of easy walking through the surrounding tussock grassed hills.

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2. Re: Stargazing: Mount Cook or Lake Tekapo

If wanting to enjoy the stars without having to do the tour then stay at Aoraki/Mt Cook and take a walk after dinner away from the hotel lights. Lie back and look up - the sky is amazing.

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