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 this guided indoor and/or outdoor tour introduces you to Tekapo’s amazing night skies with a unique combination of astronomy and storytelling. You will then enjoy exclusive use of a 38℃ hot pool; lie on a floating hammock and feel like you’re soaking in the stars as you explore the wonder of night skies!
Wonder at the dazzling beauty of millions of stars in some of the clearest, darkest night skies in the world! The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is one of eleven worldwide and the largest one in the Southern Hemisphere. Let us take you on a Journey of Discovery to the limits of outer space exploring the amazing features of the southern skies.
This guided portion of the tour focuses on the stars, planets and galaxies that can be currently seen blended with the fascinating mythology and legends attributed to celestial objects by different cultures around the world. In poor weather, you'll experience an amazing virtual reality tour of the Lake Tekapo night skies! This unique experience features stunning 360º images of the stars with custom-drawn artwork that brings the constellations to life, complemented by a fascinating blend of science and storytelling.
Star Gazing tours are operated from Tekapo Springs.
Please note that check in for the tours is at our Tekapo Springs Reception Desk. We ask you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour.
Tours run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, however, night sky visibility and weather conditions will determine if the indoor or outdoor experience is utilised. Sometimes the guided portion of the stargazing tour is both indoors and outdoors. The hot pools portion takes place regardless of weather.
The second half of the tour is where it really gets magical! Enjoy exclusive use of a 38℃ hot pool and 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. Your guide is poolside during this unique star gazing experience, to tell you more about the stars and share local stories and New Zealand legends.
Our tours are suitable for everyone over the age of 6 years old.
We do have a pool wheelchair available on request.
Start times for our star gazing experiences are seasonal to ensure the darkest skies.
Tours run nightly regardless of weather. English and Mandarin speaking tours are available. A free shuttle service is included.
All tours are 2 hours in duration. We will provide a complimentary hot chocolate or green tea as part of the tour.A free shuttle service is provided within Tekapo as well as to and from Twizel.