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. It
is the worlds largest gold rated IDSR, 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
state-of-the-art telescopes, high powered binoculars and the naked
eye to put your newly acquired knowledge into practise, identifying
and exploring different elements of the spectacular southern
Preview the Big Sky Stargazing
tour including the planetarium orientation and spectacular night
sky from our outdoor stargazing area
||Child (4 -14 yrs)
|Price valid until 30th September 2014
All prices are in NZD and include GST (currently 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 shoes MUST be worn prior to boarding the bus.
Stargazing tours are not suitable for infants. The minimum age for
a child is 4.
|Within 24 hours of departure - loss of 100% of the total
Within 48 hours of departure - loss of 50% of the total price