Pukaki Wine Cellar Observatory Stargazing

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.


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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.

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

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat - High Country Estate & Luxury Villa Collection, Aoraki Mount Cook, 86 Mt Cook Road (SH80), Christchurch - Canterbury, New Zealand, Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $120.00
Further pricing information:
TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING WITH US. The experience is $120 per person and we have a minimum charge of 4 people.
Cancellation policy:
You may cancel your booking up until 24 hours prior to the experience start time and date at no charge. If you cancel within 24 hours of your booking time and date full payment will be required. In this case, you authorise payment from the credit card provided at time of booking. We may need to cancel your stargazing experience in the event of bad weather (snow and/or ice, rain or extreme winds) or if stargazing conditions are compromised by cloud cover.

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

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Opening times

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

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