Stargazing at Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo


at Church of the Good Shepherd

Journey within the grounds of New Zealand’s most photographed icon at night and discover the stories of our region and night skies.

Our entertaining and knowledgeable guides welcome you on a journey of the Aoraki Mackenzie region, our Southern skies and tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy).

Secure that perfect picture and enjoy a special photographic memory from the night, courtesy of our astrophotographer.

Dark Sky Project is proud to partner with the Church of the Good Shepherd for exclusive entry into the Church grounds at night.

Funds from this experience contribute to the ongoing preservation of the Church.

We strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.


Tour Overview


Church of the Good Shepherd


Naked eye and binoculars

Time of day

Evening, outdoors

Minimum age

5 years & over

Family options

Early evening options available



75 minutes

Tour times

Varies throughout the year depending on time of sunset

Checking in

Please check-in at least 20 minutes prior to tour departure at Dark Sky Project Base, Takapō (Tekapo) lakefront.

What to wear

We supply ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) jackets.

Beverage inclusions

A hot beverage is included in this experience.


This experience includes a digital photograph to capture your experience – downloadable within 5 days.

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Planning your trip

Moon Phase

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, we will offer an alternative option. In some cases a full refund may be offered.



Ages 18+



Ages 5-17



2 adults, 2 children


*Family rates are for 2 adults, 2 children. Charges apply for additional children. All prices are subject to change.