Tekapo Star Gazing

Experience New Zealand's only hot pools and star gazing tour! Learn about the stars using telescopes and a fascinating fusion of astronomy plus Maori myths and legends, then relax in a 37.5℃ hot pool and soak in the stars!


$99.00 - $149.00
$49.00 - $74.00
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Tekapo Star Gazing combines the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with the soul-warming hot pools of Tekapo Springs. A 2-hour tour, the first half begins with an introduction to the night sky with our star gazing guides, and is complemented by looking through high-powered telescopes pointed at interesting features of the night sky. During poor weather, the tour is inside, using "Oculus Go" virtual reality headsets to take you on a journey through the universe. Then let the real world melt away as you relax in the hot pools on a floating hammock to ensure easy sky viewing. You'll feel like you’re floating among the stars while your guide tells stories that combine astronomy with local tales and Maori myths.

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Physical address

Tekapo Springs, Lake Tekapo, 6 Lakeside Drive, Christchurch - Canterbury, New Zealand, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $99.00 - $149.00
(15 year(s) and under)
$49.00 - $74.00
Age restriction:
Further pricing information:
No children under 6 years of age are allowed on tours. Full payment will be required at the time of your booking whether in person or online. Tekapo Star Gazing asks you to understand that we are unable to guarantee full clarity, perfect skies, and visibility of certain objects in the night sky. The tours will operate every night regardless of weather. We have indoor presentation options using virtual reality, followed by the same hot pools session regardless of weather conditions.
Cancellation policy:
Tours not subject to discounts/refunds for any reason, including weather. Customers can cancel within 3 hours of tour start time. TSG reserves the right to cancel any stargazing tour at the discretion of staff, due to extreme weather conditions (i.e. Lightning strikes/heavy snow) in which case a full refund will be issued. If you cancel your booking 6 hours prior to your tour’s departure, you'll be refunded the full amount that you have paid. The 6-hour period will be strictly adhered to.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
3 hours from Christchurch and Queenstown Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
2km from bus drop-off
Proximity to town:
2km from Tekapo village

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Opening times

Business hours:
8pm - 2am
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) NO YES

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