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Tekapo Star Gazing

The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Star Gazing is the only guided stargazing and hot pools tour in New Zealand! It combines 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 using high-powered telescopes and a fascinating combination of astronomy and story-telling. The second half is spent floating in our 37.5 degree hot pool on inflatable hammocks, gazing up at the night sky as our guides continue to entertain with cultural and scientific stories of the sky. The tour includes complimentary shuttle pick-up/drop-off within Tekapo and Twizel as well as towels and hot drinks.

Duration 2 hours
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  • What's included :
    • Exclusive use of the hot pools at night in a group of no more than 30
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (Mandarin only)
    • Professionally guided tour of the largest dark sky reserve.
    • A floating hammock to use whilst floating in the hot pools
    • Pick up/drop off from our town office (beside the Godley Hotel)
    • Pick up/drop off from popular local accommodation providers
    • A warm woolen blanket to use whilst outside exploring the universe.
    • Pre-booking essential 24 hours in advance by emailing with your booking confirmation details.
    What's excluded :
    • Food and non-alcoholic drinks (some hot drinks provided on the tour)
    • Alcoholic drinks (cannot be brought to the premises)
    • Swimwear and towels available to borrow
  • 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.
  • Departure Point :
    Tekapo Information Centre / Tekapo Star Gazing Office
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age to join the tour is 6 years old.
    • Dress accordingly to the weather conditions. A warm blanket will be provided but temperatures can be very low in our alpine environment.
    • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required due to limited availability
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather (snow, extreme ice, lightning storms), you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund. Tours go ahead regardless if some or none of the night sky is visible. If the sky is not visible an informative indoor tour takes place to highlight the significance of the Aoraki MacKenzie Dark Sky Reserve and local Maori understanding of the night sky. Regardless of the weather, the relaxing hot pools as the second half will still go ahead.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


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Organised by Tekapo Star Gazing

Activity ID: V-50255P3


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