Travel across the Milky Way from the comfort of our Dark Sky Project base

Embark on a Virtual Astronomy Experience in the heart of The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. This indoor journey brings you the magic of stargazing with stunning virtual renditions of the universe.

Learn about the stars with advanced space-rendering technology

Our astronomy guides bring the galaxy to life with the latest virtual technology. It’s your chance to discover the secrets of the cosmos. One minute you're learning to explore the Southern Cross. The next, you're standing right inside Saturn's rings. You’ll truly feel amongst the stars.


Convenient and family-friendly stargazing

Our indoor stargazing is perfect for all ages. You don't have to wait for nightfall or brave the cold. It's easy, fun, and one of New Zealand’s best ways to dive into star gazing. Ideal for families and young astronomers, it offers a hassle-free way to explore the night sky.

And if you’re only in Lake Takapō (Tekapo) for a short time, this is the perfect way to make sure you experience the night sky. With no worries about clouds, every visit guarantees a clear view of the stars.


A unique adventure under the stars… indoors

You’ll explore the sky with your very own astronomer. You'll learn more about the southern hemisphere’s stars. And you'll have a whole new understanding and appreciation of your place in the universe.


Seasonal Pricing: October 2023 - September 2024

Adult $69
Child  $35
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) $173

*Prices are subject to change.




Join us for an unforgettable journey across the stars.

Book your spot for this unique Lake Takapō (Tekapo) stargazing experience now.



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What to Expect


Inside the Dark Sky Project Base, Lake Takapō, New Zealand.

Time of day

Daytime (it is an indoor activity).

Tour Times

Friday and Saturday, 4.30pm. Additional tours will be added subject to demand.

Length of Tour

45 minutes

Minimum age

Minimum age is 5 years old. Content best suited to those 7+ years of age.

Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Stargazing Experience

Where do I join the Virtual Stargazing Experience?

The Virtual Stargazing Experience is at the Dark Sky Project base. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in. (Get Google Maps directions here)

Is The Virtual Stargazing Experience suitable for families and children?

Yes, the Virtual Stargazing Experience is perfect for children aged 5 and over. It's an exciting way for families to explore astronomy together.

What will I learn in the Virtual Stargazing Experience?

Lots! You'll discover all there is to know about the Southern Hemisphere's night sky, exploring stars, planets, and more. With stories, facts, and expert insight, our guides will make the universe feel closer than ever.

Do I need any astronomy knowledge?

Not at all! We designed the Virtual Stargazing Experience for both newcomers and astronomy enthusiasts. Our guides can tailor the Experience to suit all levels of understanding.

How does The Virtual Stargazing Experience differ from real stargazing?

Nothing can replace the experience of real stargazing. But the Virtual Stargazing Experience offers something special of its own.

By blending science and technology, it gives you a unique view of the universe. You can explore the stars in a way that's not possible with the naked eye or through a telescope.

And unlike real stargazing, you can experience it in any weather conditions, at any time of year.

Can I book The Virtual Stargazing Experience on the day?

Yes, you can book on the same day, subject to availability. We recommend booking in advance to secure your spot.