Cowan’s Private Observatory
up to 14" optical telescope
Time of day
5 years & over
Early evening options available
Various throughout the year depending on time of sunset
Please check-in at least 20 minutes prior to tour departure at Dark Sky Project Base, Takapō (Tekapo) lakefront.
Planning your trip
The sky is at its darkest when there is no moon however as we are in a Dark Sky Reserve there is still plenty visible throughout the whole month.
Takapō has its own unique alpine micro-climate and can change without notice. Weather predictions are often inaccurate. We recommend allowing as much time in the region as you can.
Our guides tailor content to what is visible on a given night. In the case of full cloud cover, guests will receive The Takapō Stars Experience (an indoor interactive astronomy tour)
- Oct 2019 – Mar 2021
18 years & over
2 adults, 2 children
on family ticket