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Big Sky Stargazing

Mount Cook is far from the city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand - perfect for viewing the night sky!

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, including Aoraki Mt Cook village, is the largest of all the gold rated reserves worldwide, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable!

Begin with an introduction and orientation in the comfort of our Theatre Planetarium using a special live Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in our southern sky.

Our informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to our outdoor stargazing site.  Use telescopes, astronomy binoculars and the naked eye to put your newly acquired knowledge into practise, identifying and exploring different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Big Sky Stargazing tours depart every clear evening. Times vary depending on the time of year and you will be advised of the applicable departure time when you check-in to the hotel.

This tour is available in two languages - English (Mandarin headphone translations available for planetarium presentation) or Japanese.

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Approximately 1.5 hours

Weather Conditions

If the guides are of the opinion that conditions are less than ideal for operating the outside part of the tour, the guides will offer the guests the option of continuing with the inside Planetarium part, & a partial refund for that outside part of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

Within 24 hours of departure - loss of 100% of the total price
Within 48 hours of departure - loss of 50% of the total price