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Tekapo Star Gazing: Soak in the Stars!

The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Star Gazing is the only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand. The tour operates from the renowned facilities of Tekapo Springs, combining the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with our soul-warming hot pools.

A two-hour experience, the first half of the tour begins with an introduction to the night sky by a star gazing guide, and is complemented by looking through high-powered telescopes pointed at some of the most interesting features of the southern skies. This guided portion of the tour focuses on the mythology and legend attributed to celestial objects by different cultures around the world.If the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor stargazing, an alternative indoor tour will be provided. The indoor experience uses a high-definition projector to feature full-colour satellite images of deep space as well as interactive elements and similar fascinating and informative content as the outdoor tour.

The second half of the tour is where it really gets magical! In a 38-degree 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’re floating among the stars as you explore the wonders of the night skies. Our guides are poolside during this unique star gazing experience, so if any questions come to mind or you’d like to know more about the cosmos you just need to ask.

Our first tour of the night is suitable for everyone over the age of 6 years old with our other tours only suitable for those aged 13 and over. Tours include complimentary transport to and from the Tekapo village centre, with a pool wheelchair available on request. Start times for our star gazing experiences are seasonal to ensure the darkest skies.

Tours run nightly with English & Chinese speaking available.

Starting from 10pm with free shuttle service from our Tekapo town office.


Adult (16+ yrs) - $99

Senior (60+ yrs) - $79

Child (6 – 15 yrs) - $49

Family (2 adults & 3 children) - $299

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Our terms and conditions & cancellation policy are available on our website

Top 5 Experiences at Tekapo Springs

Top 5 Experiences at Tekapo Springs

Tekapo Springs is an award-winning destination with something for everyone. Whether you're in the mood to relax or want a bit of recreation, we have you covered. In efforts to be a year-round destination, we wanted to create activities and an atmosphere that's fun and inviting. Once you take a look at our view, you can see why! For those who haven't been here, take a look at our top 5 experiences below!

Hot Pools

We have five hotpools to choose from, all ranging in temperature and size. Last year we added two cooler pools, the Macaulay Kid's Aqua Play + Pool, and the Godley Deep Pool. The Kid's Aqua Play offers interactive water features, cooler water temps for those hot sunny days, and an adjoined pool so parents can soak while they're kids go crazy! The Godley Deep Pool is great for those who want to swim a bit or maybe dive into the cool water. Don't worry if you want to be kid free, we have our adults only Tekapo Pool at the top, boasting the best view and hottest temps. Trust us, it's pure relaxation! To purchase your pool passes, click here.

new cold pools aqua play fountain

TRIPPO Waterslide

When the ice melts on our ice rink, we immediately start preparing for the ultimate summer activity; our TRIPPO waterslide. This bad boy stands 11 metres high with three chutes, and is 150 metres long. To say it's a big slide is an understatement. Walk the stairs to the top, choose from three different slides and jump on! You can choose to go with friends, family, or solo. Go backwards or face-first for the ultimate adrenaline rush. TRIPPO opens early December 2016.

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Glacial Day Spa

For complete relaxation, our Glacial Day Spa has the answers. With treatments ranging from deep tissue massages to facials to mani/pedi's, our spa is a one-stop shop for revialisation. Our newest skincare product comes from Moana, a 100% certified organic New Zealand made brand that only uses native botanicals and products. It's a complete revitilisation treatment that's never been done before. To book in a day spa treatment or view our services, click here.

facial in day spa

Snow Tube Park

Open from early July to early October, our Snow Tube Park is one of our main attractions. The 150m snowy slope is a big hit with kids and adults. Go solo, tandem or in a big group. Take the magic carpet up to the top of the hill and do it all over again. Each pass is valid for an hour, giving you plenty of time to mix up your tubing style! 

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Ice Rink

Our international-sized rink is a open April-September every year. From hockey tournaments to private lessons to school field trips, our rink is used for just about everything in the winter. On the weekends we pull out the disco ball, bright laser lights and funk music for our ice discos. Come along and be in to win spot prizes of all sorts. If you're not a fan of skating, we have curling sessions available for eight pax or more. To read more info on our rink and passes, click here.

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Bonus: A meal at our Tahr Bar & Cafe!

Nothing beats a patio overlooking the lake in the summer and a crackling fire in the winter. Good news for you, we have it all! Our fully-liscensed bar & cafe is a great place to take a break in between your recreation and relaxation. A full menu is available as well as sweet treats, coffees, and smoothies. To look over the current menu, click below :





We Won!

We are super excited to have won the Innovation & Technology Award at the South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards! The technology we use to heat our pools and cool our ice rink is not only energy efficient and environmentally friendly, it's a money saver too! To listen to our owner Karl talk about our water system, watch the video below. His talk is at 1:16 :)


South Korean Travel Show!

Last month we were visited by a South Korean travel reality show. They shot over two days here at Tekapo Springs, having their main character join in on the fun. She relaxed in the hot tubs, practiced her best sliding stance on the TRIPPO and she even helped out as part of the staff for the day!

One of our staff members Kevin got in on the fun and participated in the show. I was even interviewed about living and working in New Zealand as a foreigner. It was hilarious to watch them film as both Kevin and I were quite shy in front of the camera! All in all, we had a great time with the crew and were so excited to be a part of it. They loved Tekapo Springs and want to come back for a proper holiday next year. I'd say we did our job then!

pic collage film crew