Our daytime, indoor astronomy tour at the Dark Sky Project Base is suitable for the whole family. The Dark Sky Experience combines tatai aroraki (Māori astronomy), storytelling and science with fascinating multimedia installations in a ‘Big Bang’ of awe and inspiration. 

Thought-provoking, educational and entertaining, the Dark Sky Experience is an experience which will forever change the way you see the night sky.

The 45 minute tour, through four distinct zones is hosted by our passionate guides in our world-class indoor astronomy centre.

Embark on an interactive journey delivering thought-provoking insight into the world of tatai aroraki (Māori astronomy) and its pivotal role to the Māori understanding of the universe. Using incredible immersive visual displays, we explore the science based narrative of how living beings came to be, and delve into the depths of the Milky Way and get up close with the impressive 125 year old recently restored Brashear telescope.

The Dark Sky Experience is a world first and is a must on all itineraries whether you’re staying in Lake Takapō (Tekapo) or just stopping by.

A treat for the senses, embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making.



Seasonal Pricing: October 2023 - September 2024

Adult $50
Child  $30 
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $130

*Prices are subject to change.

Children under 5 years of age are free, with adult ticket purchase.


What to Expect


Dark Sky Project Base, Takapō

Time of day

Indoor/daytime tour (no stargazing)

Tour Times

7 Days per week, 3 tours per day

Length of Tour

45 minutes

Minimum age

Family friendly tour, no minimum age