Learn about the southern sky with telescopes from our private Cowan's Observatory when the sky is clear, or from the comfort of our Astro Theatre when clouds prevent us from seeing the stars.

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.





Seasonal Pricing: October 2023 - September 2024



Child (ages 5-17)     




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

75 minutes

Minimum age

Children must be 5 years and over.

Tour Itinerary

Check In

At Dark Sky Project base 20 minutes prior to departure.

Dress warmly

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.