The Hermitage

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!

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 presentation.

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.

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Big Sky Stargazing Video

Preview the Big Sky Stargazing tour including the planetarium orientation and spectacular night sky from our outdoor stargazing area

Adult Child (4 -14 yrs)
$70.00 $35.00
All prices are in NZD and include GST (15%) All prices are in NZD and include GST (15%)
Prices Valid until 30th September 2017
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.
Weather Conditions:
If the guides are of the opinion that conditions are less than ideal for operating the outside part of the tour, you will be offered a planetarium only tour with a partial refund of the outside portion of Stargazing.
Important Info:
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 under 8.
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