Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory

Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory offers a small group stargazing experience of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Located at Mt Cook Lakeside Estate & Retreat, the Observatory offers a personalised 2-3 hour experience.

$460.00 - $1,150.00

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Located in the gold level Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve, Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory is perfectly located to explore one of the darkest skies in the world. The observatory is well equipped with a 6" refractor telescope, you can take a closer look at far away objects such as Saturn, Jupiter and its moons, clusters, nebula and constellations.

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We specialise is small group stargazing experiences.

The Observatory is adjacent to our underground wine cellar and your experience includes refreshments, nibbles and an introduction the Dark Sky in the Wine Cellar.

If you have a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera, bring this along for amazing deep space astrophotography opportunities.


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Physical address

Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory, 86 Mt Cook Road, Lake Pukaki, Aoraki Mount Cook, Christchurch - Canterbury, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8am - 11pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
10mins to Pukaki Airport, 2 hours to Timaru airport, 2.5 hours to Queenstown, 3.5 hours to Christchurch
Proximity to coach terminal:
Proximity to town:
10km to Twizel

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $460.00 - $1,150.00
Further pricing information:
TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING WITH US. The experience is $115 per person and we have a minimum charge of 4 people.

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