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 darkness of the night sky around Aoraki Mt Cook is unbeatable - its official! Let the team at Big Sky Stargazing introduce you to the wonders above. The 4367sq km Gold Status Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world and for this tour you will be the centre of it all.

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Our experienced guides will introduce you to our beautiful southern night sky with a full hour using the naked eye, astro-binoculars and state of the art 14" and 11" astronomy telescopes. Unleash your imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the southern cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets, planets, stunning star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and even our very own galaxy, the spectacular Milky Way.


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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 $78.00
(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
Chinese (Simplified) NO YES

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