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
In June 2012 the Aoraki Mackenzie region, encompassing
Mount Cook Village, was approved as one of only a
few International Dark Sky Reserves (IDSR) worldwide, meaning
the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable!
Begin with an introduction and orientation in our Digital Dome
Planetarium highlighting the unique features of our southern night
sky. Mandarin headphone translations available for planetarium
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.
Preview the Big Sky Stargazing
tour including the planetarium orientation and spectacular night
sky from our outdoor stargazing area
||Child (4 -14 yrs)
|Until 30th September 2015
|From the 1st October 2015
||All prices are in NZD and include GST (15%)
|Big Sky Stargazing tours depart every clear evening.
Exact departure 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.
|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 outside
part, or of receiving a refund for that outside part of the
Due to uneven surfaces around the outdoor stargazing area
flat soled, enclosed walking shoes MUST be worn prior
to boarding the bus. Please dress warmly, even summer nights can be
chilly in the alpine environment.
Stargazing tours are not suitable for infants. The minimum age
for a child is 4 although the tour is not recommended for children
|Within 24 hours of departure - loss of 100% of the total
Within 48 hours of departure - loss of 50% of the total price