Mount Cook Lodge

Big Sky Stargazing

Mount Cook is far from the city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand - perfect for viewing the night sky!

In June 2012 the Aoraki Mackenzie region, encompassing Mount Cook Village, was approved as one of only a few International Dark Sky Reserves (IDSR) worldwide, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable!

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Big Sky Stargazing

View the spectacular southern night sky from within the heart of Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

The Journey:

Begin with an introduction and orientation in the comfort of our Theatre Planetarium using a special live Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in our southern sky.

Our informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to our outdoor stargazing site.  Use telescopes, astronomy binoculars and the naked eye to put your newly acquired knowledge into practise, identifying and exploring different elements of the spectacular southern sky.

Season & Departures:

Big Sky Stargazing tours depart every clear evening. Times vary depending on the time of year and you will be advised of the applicable departure time when you check-in to the Backpacker Lodge.

Adult Child (4-14 years)
01 Oct 2017 - 30 Sept 2018 $90 inc gst NZD $45 inc gst NZD
Important Info:
  • 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.
  • Weather Conditions: If the guides are of the opinion that conditions are less than ideal for operating the outside part of the tour, the guides will offer the guests the option of continuing with the inside part, or of receiving a refund for the outside part of the tour.
  • 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.