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Big Sky Stargazing

The darkness of the night sky around Aoraki Mt Cook is unbeatable – its official! Let the team at Big Sky Stargazing introduce you to the wonders above. The 4367sq km Gold Status Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world and for this tour you will be the centre of it all.

Our experienced guides will introduce you to our beautiful southern night sky with a full hour using the naked eye, astro-binoculars and state of the art 14" and 11" astronomy telescopes. Unleash your imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the southern cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets, planets, stunning star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and even our very own galaxy, the spectacular Milky Way.

An experience is guaranteed. The tour is delivered either from an outdoor viewing platform at our Stargazing building set alone under a massive night sky, or if the weather is unfavourable then your guide leads you through a 'live' orientation of our southern night sky indoors, reclined in comfortable seats of New Zealand's first 360 digital Dome Planetarium theatre where 4k high definition images generated by state of the art computer software immerse you in a stunning digital view of the universe and beyond.

Every night is a unique experience with stars, planets, the Moon and satellites constantly moving as our Earth orbits in space.

Big Sky Stargazing tours depart every clear evening. Times vary depending on the time of year and you will be advised of the applicable departure time when you check-in to the hotel.

This tour is available in THREE languages - English, Mandarin or Japanese.

To book or check availability in either Mandarin or Japanese Stagazing tours, please click here to contact our activities team directly.

Rates applicable up to 30th September 2019: Adults $78 pp and Children $45 pp

Below rates are applicable from 01st October 2019 - 30th September 2020

All Prices are in NZD$

Price

Price from 45 to 80

Duration

Approximately 1.5 hours.

 

What to bring

Bring an additional warm layer of clothing and comfortable sturdy shoes.

What is supplied

Informative guides.
Specialist Astronomy Telescope & Binoculars.

Headphone translation for planetarium presentation in Mandarin and Japanese.

 

 

 

OUTDOOR MAIN TOUR

Part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, this is a 'gold rated' reserve, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable.

Our fully trained guides are delighted to show you our beautiful southern night sky using the naked eye, state of the art astronomy telescopes and binoculars at our outdoor viewing platform or if the weather is not favourable then 'live' under our high definition digital dome planetarium. Unleash your imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the Southern Cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets, star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and even our very own galaxy, the spectacular Milky Way.

TOUR CONTENT

We are committed to delivering an outstanding night sky experience. In the pursuit of delivering the best possible experience to our guests, the tour content and program of both the Standard and inclement weather alternative is subject to change at the discretion of the Big Sky Stargazing Management Team.

Weather conditions

INCLEMENT WEATHER ALTERNATIVE

The Big Sky Stargazing tour never cancels - if the weather is deemed to be below the required standard to operate outside, then the tour will move forward with the inclement weather alternative.

This alternative features New Zealand's first full dome digital Planetarium - high definition video images on a suspended 9m wide x 4.5m high full dome. Our guides will take you through a 'live' orientation of the night sky.

Cancellation policy

Within 24 hours of departure - loss of 100% of the total price
Within 48 hours of departure - loss of 50% of the total price