We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Share
Save

Tekapo Star Gazing

Tekapo Star Gazing
From US$59.97
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travelers
10pm Winter TourMost Popular
Enjoy a 2 hour star gazing tour looking deep into the world's largest dark sky reserve including a relaxing float in Tekapo's famous hot pools.
US$59.97
11pm Summer Tour
Enjoy a 2 hour star gazing tour looking deep into the World's largest dark sky reserve including a relaxing float in Tekapo's famous hot pools.
US$59.97
10:30pm Autumn/Spring Tour
Enjoy a 2 hour star gazing tour looking deep into the World's largest dark sky reserve including a relaxing float in Tekapo's famous hot pools.
US$59.97
Show 3 more
Overview

The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Star Gazing is the Mackenzie District's newest offering combining the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with the soul-warming hot pools of Tekapo Springs. A two-hour experience, the first half of the tour begins with an introduction to the night sky by a star gazing guide, and is complemented by looking through three high-powered telescopes pointed at some of the most interesting features of the southern skies. The second half is spent floating in our 38 degree hot pools on inflatable hammocks, gazing up at the night sky as our guides continue to entertain with cultural and scientific stories of the sky.

What to Expect

The guided portion of the tour focuses on the mythology and legend attributed to celestial objects by different cultures around the world. If the skies do not co-operate for outdoor stargazing, an informative indoor experience is run instead, featuring the use of a high-definition projector and stunning full-color satellite images of deep space as well as interactive elements and similar fascinating and informative content as in the outdoor tour - including an introduction to our telescopes.

The second half of the tour is where it really gets magical in a 100.4-degree Fahrenheit (38-degree Celsius) hot pool, let the real world melt away as you lie back with the help of a floating hammock to ensure ultimate relaxation and easy sky viewing. While soothing music plays, feel like you are floating among the stars as you explore the night at your own pace. Your guide will be poolside during this unique star viewing experience, so if any questions come to mind or if you would like to know more about the cosmos simply ask!

Our first tour is suitable for all aged 6 and above, and our later tours are suitable for anyone aged 13 and above. Tours include complimentary transport to and from the village centre and popular local accommodation providers, with a pool wheelchair available on request.

Write a ReviewReviews (69)

1 - 5 of 69 reviews

Reviewed yesterday
Mesmerizing

On a clear night, the sky looks mesmerizing. One of the best experiences that one can have. Amazing views of the sky at night.

Thank Nabeel K
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great combination for Star Gazing and Hot Pool!

We are lucky to have a clear sky on our tour. Out guide Matt is very knowledgeable and passionate about stars. It's very interesting to learn and see planets, star constellations, galaxies etc...It's very touching moment to be under the stars and connect to the...More

Thank Mei H
MelanieTSG, Administrator at Tekapo Star Gazing, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Mei H, wow thank you for the stellar review - pun totally intended!! I have passed on your kind words to Matt and the team :) Kind regards, Melanie

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Making Memories Under The Stars

Wow what can we say... First of all a huge thank you to Bill one of the guides for giving us one of the most amazing experiences of our lives, your knowledge and understanding of our Solar System was mind blowing, you had us all...More

Thank Judy28112015
MelanieTSG, Administrator at Tekapo Star Gazing, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Judy28112015, thank you for the kind review!! I will pass on your lovely comments to Bill, Matt, and the team :D We're so glad you enjoyed your night with us and we could help make your trip to the Mackenzie memorable <3 Kind regards,...More

Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile
We didnt even see a star. How is that stargazing?

PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS OF THE NIGHT BEFORE BOOKING! We were told that the clouds were going to clear and they did not, even despite the fact that we had told them that the forecast was cloudy and we would...More

1  Thank th3cookie M
MelanieTSG, Administrator at Tekapo Star Gazing, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Hi th3cookie M, thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. Our terms and conditions regarding cancellation and refunds are made available to you prior to your booking (if booked online) or explained to you at the time of booking (if booked in...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile
Great evening under the stars!

Great mix of information, storytelling, mythology and humor! The guide Matt is a great story teller that brought the evening alive with knowledge and fun, we starting looking through telescopes and then the second part we floated in the hot pool hammocks gazing into the...More

Thank Singkiwi
MelanieTSG, Administrator at Tekapo Star Gazing, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Hi Singkiwi, thank you for the lovely review! Matt is a fantastic guide and supervisor, we're so glad you got to enjoy his enthusiastic storytelling and our beautiful night sky!! Kind regards, Melanie

Questions & Answers
Ask a question
ian m
30 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Gingerules | Reviewed this property |
Yes u csn
0
Votes
Travelers Also Viewed
The Adventurer: Tasman Glacier...
1 Review
from US$387.40*
Pelennor Fields 'Lord of the Rings...
3 Reviews
from US$91.00*
Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour
2 Reviews
from US$144.90*
Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount...
50 Reviews
from US$167.80*
Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch
31 Reviews
from US$252.70*
Queenstown to Mount Cook Tour
6 Reviews
from US$104.40*
Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter...
18 Reviews
from US$309.90*
45-Minute Mount Cook Ski Plane and...
12 Reviews
from US$248.60*
35-Minute Valley and Glacier...
10 Reviews
from US$228.40*
Mount Cook Alpine Vista Helicopter...
9 Reviews
from US$165.10*