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.  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 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)
$60.00 $30.00
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.
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 outside part, or of receiving a refund for that outside part of the tour.
Important Info:
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.
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