Big Sky Stargazing

Mount Cook is far from city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand - perfect for viewing the night sky! Big Sky Stargazing tours operate within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.


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The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the world's largest gold-rated reserve, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable!

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Begin with an introduction and orientation in the comfort of our Theatre Planetarium using a Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in our southern sky. Our informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to our outdoor stargazing site. Use telescopes, astronomy binoculars and the naked eye to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice, identifying and exploring different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Mandarin headphones available for indoor orientation.


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Physical address

Big Sky Stargazing, Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook, Christchurch - Canterbury, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Tour start times vary according to sunset
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Main national and international airports are Christchurch and Queenstown
Proximity to coach terminal:
Daily coach transport is available
Proximity to town:
322 km from Christchurch and 264km from Queenstown

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $90.00
(14 year(s) and under)
Age restriction:
Further pricing information:
Children under 4 not permitted on tour. Not recommended for children under 8.

Language support

  Written Spoken
Japanese NO YES

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