Play under the stars at Skyline Rotorua

As the evenings get longer and the weather warms up, Skyline Rotorua makes the most of summer with Night Luging and Stargazing Tours opening.

NIGHT LUGING

The Skyline Rotorua Luge track hits its prime time for stunning sights and fun as the sun goes down and will have you weaving and winding your way into the night.

From 26 December to 6 February (Waitangi Day), you can test your skills on the Luge from 6.30 - 10pm nightly, with a Night Luge Pass. Open later than ever, you’ll love Night Luging with the special Gondola and 5 Luge Ride Combo price offering unbelievable value at $39 per person.

The Luge is the ultimate fast-paced, fun activity that everyone will love. The three wheeled part go-cart, part toboggan Luge carts are gravity fueled with full rider control over speed and direction. Launch into action choosing from three tracks: Scenic (you must complete this one first), Intermediate or Advanced.

Note: ($39 Night Luging deal only available from 26 December, 2015 – 6 February, 2016 between 6.30pm and 10pm)

 

STARGAZING

Explore constellations, and discover planets invisible to the naked eye at one of the top eight locations in New Zealand for stargazing, with the new Skyline Rotorua Stargazing experience.

Top of the line telescopes

Skyline Rotorua has invested over $200,000 in setting up a star gazing experience including top-of-the line telescopes to give stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies.

The most impressive telescope on the platform is called ‘The Don,’ weighing over 100kg and performing 2,586 times better than your eye at gathering light, to see space like never before.

What’s unique about this telescope is its sharpness - stars are sharp all the way to the edge, which is not the case for 99% of other telescopes.

The tour

After taking a gondola ride to the top of Skyline Rotorua, a knowledgeable and experienced stargazing guide will take you on a short walk to the purpose built stargazing platform. After a quick lesson in using the telescopes, your guide will then point out constellations, helping you to interpret the magical beauty of the night sky. Why not combine a spectacular dinner in the award-winning Stratosfare Restaurant at Skyline with some Night Luging and a Stargazing experience you will never forget.

The 75 minute Stargazing tour departs nightly after dark, throughout the year. Session times depend on sunset times so visit www.skyline.co.nz/rotorua to book in this summer.

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