Stargazing in New Zealand

Dark, clear skies, unique celestial features and otherworldly landscapes make stargazing in New Zealand a breathtakingly magical experience.

Earth & Sky Stargazing Tours discount offer

Experience some of the best night skies in the world in Lake Tekapo New Zealand.

With the Air New Zealand boarding pass (Hong Kong to New Zealand) and valid travel documents, simply show to the Earth & Sky staff at counter to get a 20% discount off the Mount John Observatory Tour. A valid boarding pass can only be redeemed for a discount on one ticket.

This event is only for independent travellers, group tourists do not apply. The final interpretation of the event is owned by Earth & Sky.

Offer valid for booking by 30 June 2018, and traveling between 01 March 2018 and 30 June 2018.

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Stargazing point 1: Lake Tekapo


Mt John Observatory in Lake Tekapo is where you can experience the darkest night skies. Based at the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, you will be fascinated by the spectacular views from horizon to horizon - see the vast Milky way stretching across the Southern night sky.

How to get there: approx. 3 hours drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo.

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Stargazing point 2: Aoraki Mount Cook


Aoraki Mount Cook Village is far from the city lights and located within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, this is a ‘gold-rated’ reserve, meaning the darkness of our night skies is almost unbeatable. Here you will experience the spectacular views of the Southern night sky, the Southern Cross and the Milky Way.

How to get there: approx. 5 hours drive from Christchurch to Mount Cook.

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Stargazing point 3: Queenstown

Skyline Queenstown is located high above the mountains, keen stargazers may take the opportunity to access a 'hidden world' not seen by the naked eye. Top-of-the line telescopes gives stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of stunning sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies. You may see the Aurora Australis on clear, cold nights close to a new moon in either July or August.

How to get there: domestic flights from Auckland to Queenstown, 15 minutes drive from Queenstown Airport.

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