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.
What to Expect
Inside the Dark Sky Project Base, Lake Takapō, New Zealand.
Time of day
Daytime (it is an indoor activity).
Friday and Saturday, 4.30pm. Additional tours will be added subject to demand.
Length of Tour
Minimum age is 5 years old. Content best suited to those 7+ years of age.
Frequently Asked Questions
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)
Yes, the Virtual Stargazing Experience is perfect for children aged 5 and over. It's an exciting way for families to explore astronomy together.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can book on the same day, subject to availability. We recommend booking in advance to secure your spot.