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.
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
View the spectacular southern
night sky from within the heart of Aoraki Mackenzie International
Dark Sky Reserve.
Our fully trained guides are delighted to
show you our beautiful southern night sky using the naked eye,
state of the art astronomy telescopes and binoculars at our outdoor
viewing platform or if the weather is not favourable then 'live'
under our high definition digital dome planetarium. Unleash your
imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe
including the Southern Cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets,
star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and even our very own
galaxy, the spectacular Milky Way.
August & September 2018: If the guides believe
conditions are less than ideal for operating the outside part of
the tour, you will be offered a full refund. If the outside tour
commences and is cancelled/cut short due to changes in the weather
this will impact the refunded amount.
From 01st October 2018: 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 utilising a complimentary star chart
as well as immersing you in Maori culture with a dome presentation
of Marama a-whetu - recounting the local legend of Aoraki. Content
of this tour is subject to change.
||Child (4-14 years)
01 Oct 2017 - 30 Sept 2018
01st October 2018 - 30 September
$90 inc gst NZD
$78 inc gst NZD
$45 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.
- 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.