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Dark Sky Project | Lake Tekapo Stargazing

Dark Sky Project, formerly Earth & Sky, strives to connect manuhiri (visitors) to our night skies, through scientific and cultural experiences, creating a lifelong understanding and passion for the dark sky above.

Located in the heart of Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Takapō (Tekapo) is one of the quietest spots on the planet yet has one of the busiest night skies in the universe.

Dark Sky Project are world-leaders in astro-tourism experiences and offer a range of experiences at exclusive locations in this world-renowned stargazing destination. Stunning surrounds, pristine night skies, premier destinations, expert guides and astrophotographers make Dark Sky Project the ultimate place to reflect, to discover and to be inspired.

Dark Sky Project Activity Options

Summit Experience at Ōtehīwai, University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory – 2 hours

Prepare for an awe-inspiring evening of discovery at this world renowned research observatory.

A truly breathtaking experience, be immersed in the stunning surrounds and pristine night skies as the sophisticated telescopes and expert astronomy guides share the science and stories of our Southern Skies. Our talented astrophotographers will ensure you have a reminder of your incredible experience with us.

Don’t miss Aoraki Mackenzie’s most popular stargazing experience exclusive to Dark Sky Project.

*Please note this experience is not suitable for children under 5 years old

Crater Experience at Cowan’s Observatory – 75 minutes

The ultimate stargazing experience. Designed specifically with stargazing in mind, this is the perfect experience for those wanting to enjoy time under the stars.

Nestled in a giant purpose-built crater to provide maximum wind protection and minimum light pollution, the expert astronomy guides will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our Southern Skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through the powerful optical telescopes.

*Please note this experience is not suitable for children under 5 years old

Dark Sky Experience at the Base Building – 45 minutes

Get ready to embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making with this multi-media indoor astronomy experience that combines science and tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy).

A treat for the senses, the Dark Sky Experience brings science, Māori heritage and fascinating multi-media installations together in a ‘Big Bang’ of awe and inspiration.

Thought-provoking, educational and entertaining, this journey is sure to change your outlook in the best possible way. A world first – this indoor experience is a must on all itineraries whether you’re staying in Takapō (Tekapo) or just stopping by.

Tour Overview:

  • 45 minute experience
  • Day & early evening indoor experience
  • No age restrictions
  • Available in English, Japanese, Mandarin

*Please check in at least 10 minutes prior to departure at Dark Sky Base, 1 Motuarki Lane, Takapō (Tekapo) Lakefront.

Other Information on Dark Sky Project

Departure Times

  • Summit Experience – evening
  • Crater Experience – evening
  • Dark Sky Experience – day and evening


  • Summit Experience – 2 hours
  • Crater Experience – 75 minutes
  • Dark Sky Experience – 45 minutes


Dark Sky Base Building is located at 1 Motuariki Lane, Takapō (Tekapo) Lakefront.

Book Lake Tekapo Stargazing with Dark Sky Project

You can book Lake Tekapo stargazing separately or as part of one of our New Zealand holiday packages. We bundle activitiesaccommodation, and transportation together for convenient, affordable New Zealand holidays.

These popular holiday packages include Lake Tekapo stargazing: 

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to plan your Lake Tekapo activities.

Tour Prices

* All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars and are subject to change.

* Select item(s) above and submit with your other New Zealand accommodation, activity and transport needs. A travel consultant will contact you in less than 12 hours with availability and best available price. Upon your approval and payment you will then receive confirmation.


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• Summit Experience Adult from NZ$185
• Summit Experience Child (5 years & over) from NZ$139
• Crater Experience Adult NZ$119
• Crater Experience Child (5 years & over) NZ$89
• Dark Sky Experience Adult NZ$50
• Dark Sky Experience Child (5 -17 years) NZ$30

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