Tekapo Springs are excited to bring a fun and intriguing new sightseeing experience to introduce residents and visitors of the Mackenzie region to the fabulous southern night sky: Tekapo Star Gazing! Running up to three 2-hour tours per night, this unique experience introduces guests to several stunning night sky objects over the course of a 40-minute guided tour.
Depending on visibility and season these may include various planets, the Coalsack Nebula – a mystifying dark cloud obscuring parts of the Milky Way galaxy – and the Crux constellation, more commonly known as the Southern Cross – the same stars which guided sailors like Abel Tasman and Captain James Cook in their voyages to Aotearoa New Zealand – as well as many more! You will also hear about the incredible mythology associated with the night sky by worldwide cultures, from the local Maori legends to the thoughts of the ancient Greeks.
Enjoy a fascinating and informative tour of the night sky outdoors using our three high-powered telescopes. If the weather doesn’t permit this, we have a beautiful high-definition virtual tour delivered in the cosy space of our Tahr Bar and Café by our talented guides. Drinks and snacks can be purchased so make sure you take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service from our town based Tekapo Star Gazing office! This will be followed by a supremely relaxing 50-minute soak in any of our five hot pools accompanied by astro-themed music and dim lighting designed to allow your eyes to adjust and make the most of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve around Lake Tekapo.
Your tour guides will stay with your group through this part of the experience and will be available to answer any questions you might have, and you will be supplied with a floating chair to make gazing up at the night sky even more easy and enjoyable. The whole family can enjoy these tours with our Child, Adult, Senior and Family passes and the 10pm tour is ideal for those with younger children – the fun of the pools will wear them out for an easy bedtime!
Tours run nightly with English & Chinese speaking available.
Starting from 9:30pm with free shuttle service from our Tekapo town office.
Adult (16+ yrs) - $89
Senior (60+ yrs) - $79
Child (6 – 15 yrs) - $49
Family (2 adults & 3 children) - $292
To make a booking please go to www.tekapostargazing.co.nz
Our terms and conditions & cancellation policy are available on our website