Discover the depths of the world renowned Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve from our purpose-built stargazing observation craters, sheltered from the cold wind and light pollution.
If weather conditions do prevent us from taking you on the Crater Experience, you’ll still experience the wonder of our Southern Skies with our guides from the comfort of our indoor Virtual Stargazing Experience.
Explore the endless Southern skies, observe planets, galaxies, and the depths of the Milky Way.
Every night sky beholds something different, and our expert astronomy guides use handheld lasers to showcase the best of the evolving night sky.
Our Crater Experience runs for 1 hour 15 minutes and includes: transport to and from Cowan’s Private Observatory, guided naked eye discovery of the Southern skies and viewing through our telescopes.
In case of cloudy weather, the ticket is changed to a Virtual Stargazing Experience and receives a partial refund.
What to Expect
Cowan's Private Observatory.
Time of day
Various tour times in the evening after twilight. 7 days per week
Using 14" telescopes.
Length of Tour
Children must be 5 years and over.
At Dark Sky Project base 20 minutes prior to departure.
Please layer warm clothing ahead of your tour
Travel a 5 minute drive to Cowan's Private Observatory.
Stargaze using the naked eye guided by lasers, 14" telescopes and through our observatory dome.
Return to Dark Sky Project Base.