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Star Gazing

Discover the beauty of the night sky and dazzling constellations.

Hear the stories of Māori legend of Ngāi Tahu and Takata whenua (people of the land) and experience the ultimate experience in stargazing and astrology right here.

Almost totally free from light pollution, the Mackenzie District of South Canterbury became the only gold-level International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) in 2012, known as the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. “to put it simply, it is one of the best stargazing sites on earth,” Bob Parks, Executive Director of the International Dark-Sky Association.

Explore the southern skies with views of the Milky Way, distant constellations and planets with one or more stargazing tour operators. Based in Tekapo, Twizel and Aoraki/Mt Cook options include Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre’s 3D cinema, Dark Sky Project astronomy centre in Tekapo-home of the restored Brashear Telescope – Soak and Stargaze from the hot pools in Tekapo, University of Canterbury Mt John and Cowan’s Observatories with 360 degree panoramic views of the Mackenzie Basin, or choose one of the smaller group stargazing and astro-photography customised or private tours.

You will experience the world’s ultimate southern hemisphere stargazing, including the Southern Cross, Magellanic Clouds and the Milky Way, and feel connected to the history of the universe.

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