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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!

Enjoy the first part of the tour inside at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine
Centre with a digital dome presentation at our planetarium, which
includes a journey through the universe, our Milky Way Galaxy and an
introduction to the southern night sky. The presentation is delivered in
English with headset translations available in Mandarin and Japanese.
Following your time in the planetarium, our guides take you on a short
drive (transport provided) down the Starlight Highway to our outdoor
stargazing viewing area within the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve
- the World's largest dark sky reserve, where you will enjoy a guided
introduction of the southern night sky using your naked-eye along
with telescopes and astro-binoculars.
Every night is a unique experience with stars, planets, the Moon and
satellites constantly moving as our Earth orbits in space. Enjoy a hot
drink while you gaze in to the cosmos.

Enjoy the first part of the tour inside at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre with a digital dome presentation at our planetarium, which includes a journey through the universe, our Milky Way Galaxy and an introduction to the southern night sky. The presentation is delivered in English with headset translations available in Mandarin and Japanese.

Following your time in the planetarium, our guides take you on a short drive (transport provided) down the Starlight Highway to our outdoor stargazing viewing area within the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve - the World's largest dark sky reserve, where you will enjoy a guided introduction of the southern night sky using your naked-eye along with telescopes and astro-binoculars.

Every night is a unique experience with stars, planets, the Moon and satellites constantly moving as our Earth orbits in space. Enjoy a hot drink while you gaze in to the cosmos.

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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)
$90.00 per person $45.00 per person

Prices valid 01st October 2017 - 30 September 2018

All price are in NZD and include GST (15%)

Prices valid 01st October 2017 - 30 September 2018

All prices are in NZD and include GST (15%)

Departures:
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 full refund. If the outside tour commences and is cancelled/cut short due to changes in the weather this will impact the refunded amount.
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:
If you cancel within 24 hours of departure - loss of 100% of the total price
If you cancel within 48 hours of departure - loss of 50% of the total price