Big Sky Stargazing
  • Big Sky Stargazing
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Seasonal operational hours, currently 10.30pm and 12.30am (minimum numbers may apply)
Adults (aged 15+) from $139 and Children (aged 8-14) from $79 minimum child age is 8 years
75-90 minute tour incl. short drive to Star Base
Weather dependent, full refund if cancelled. Weather call made at any time up to trip departure
Warm clothing essential

Welcome to the world's largest Gold Status International Dark Sky Reserve. At 4367sq km, the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve lies in the heart of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Take a mesmerizing journey through the cosmos as you explore the wonders of New Zealand's night sky; home to planets, stars and a whole other world we only dream about. Our resident astronomy guides will take you on a 90-minute tour of the night sky through high powered telescopes along with discussing incredible features visible to the naked eye.

Available on a clear night, the tour takes place close to the Hermitage hotel. Guests are shuttled to our base which is perfectly set up to enjoy the night sky. Here they will witness the darkness as it comes alive with the stars framed by the beautiful mountains of the Southern Alps.

Please note: the light of the Moon affects the viewing conditions and visibility of objects in the night sky. This is most significant on the few days on either side of the Full Moon phase. We recommend booking around the time of a New Moon if possible. You can check the moon calendar here, please note the sky will be bright for a few days before and after a full moon.

Experience The Unforgettable

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