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Star gazing in lake tekapo


Star-gazing at the Church of the Good Shepherd


Lake Tekapo is situated in the Aoraki MacKenzie Dark Sky Reserve, making it one of the best places in the world to watch the stars.

The best place to see the stars and the Milky Way is anywhere dark in Lake Tekapo, even the hostel gardens are good. We can show you many great places around the village to go to enjoy the night sky and look at the stars too.

Tips for star gazing:

  • It's best when the moon is not so bright and there is no cloud.

  • To see the most stars, avoid any white lights (including your phone screen) for at least 10 minutes.

  • Dress warm. Lake Tekapo is a high alpine environment and it can get cold at night, even in the summer.

If you would like to visit the University Observatory on Mt John to view the stars at night, you must book a tour.
Mt John is a working research facility and access after dark is not available to the general public.
You can visit during the day, the views are amazing!

Star Gazing Tours:

Dark Sky Project take you to Mt John or Cowan's Observatory.

Tekapo Springs also offer Night Tours which include a soak in the hot pools! 

Silver River Stargazing take you to their exclusive star gazing location on their private 25,000 acre farm.

Billy the Bard For a more informal and entertaining evening, join local character Billy the Bard on the Lake Front Domain at sunset for 'starytelling' as he calls out the starts. Billy is full of information and mythical tales. Billy offers this to anyone who wishes to join in for free. If you have a great time,  we're sure he'd appreciate a little koha (tip).

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