Wonder at the dazzling beauty of millions of stars in some of the clearest, darkest night skies in the world! The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is one of eleven worldwide and the largest one in the Southern Hemisphere. Let them take you on a journey of exploration to discover the unique features of the southern skies!
The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Star Gazing is the only guided hot pools and stargazing experience in New Zealand. The tour operates from the renowned facilities of Tekapo Springs, combining the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with their soul-warming hot pools.
A two-hour experience, the first half of this guided tour introduces you to Tekapo’s amazing night skies using telescopes and a unique combination of astronomy and storytelling. The second half of the tour gives you exclusive access to a 38℃ hot pool; relax on a floating hammock and feel like you’re soaking in the stars as you explore the wonder of night skies. Your guide remains poolside to tell you more about the stars and share local stories and New Zealand myths and legends.
In poor weather you’ll experience an amazing virtual reality tour of the Lake Tekapo night skies! This unique experience features stunning 360 degree images of the stars and an incredible time-lapse including the Aurora Australis (the Southern lights). Custom-drawn artwork will bring the constellations to life and is complemented by a fascinating blend of science and storytelling. The hot pools portion of the tour operates regardless of weather.