Big Sky Stargazing
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.
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.
An experience is guaranteed. The tour is delivered either from
an outdoor viewing platform at our Stargazing building set alone
under a massive night sky, or if the weather is unfavourable then
your guide leads you through a 'live' orientation of our southern
night sky indoors, reclined in comfortable seats of New Zealand's
first 260 digital Dome Planetarium theatre where 4k hogh definition
images generated by state of the art computer software immerse you
in a stunning digital view of the universe and beyond.
Every night is a unique experience with stars, planets, the Moon
and satellites constantly moving as our Earth orbits in space.
View the spectacular southern
night sky from within the heart of Aoraki Mackenzie International
Dark Sky Reserve.
The Big Sky Stargazing tour never cancels - if the
weather is deemed to be below the required standard to operate
outside, then the tour will move forward with the inclement weather
alternative. This alternative features New Zealand's first
full dome digital Planetarium - high definition video images on a
suspended 9m wide x 4.5m high full dome. Our guides will take you
through a 'live' orientation of the night sky. Content of this tour
is subject to change.
||Child (4-14 years)
01st October 2018 - 30 September 2019
$78 inc gst NZD
$45.00 inc gst NZD
- Due to uneven surfaces around the outdoor
stargazing area flat soled, enclosed walking shoes MUST be
worn prior to boarding the bus. Please dress warmly, even summer
nights can be chilly in the alpine environment.
- Due to high demand, we recommend that you
pre-book this activity to avoid disappointment.
- Stargazing tours are not suitable for infants.
The minimum age for a child is 4 although the tour is not
recommended for children under 8.
- Cancellation Policy: Within 48 hours before
departure - loss of 50% of the total price. Within 24 hours before
departure - loss of 100% of the total price.