Cowan’s Private Observatory
up to 14" optical telescope
Time of day
Early evening options available
Available Thursday to Sunday, two departures per evening.
Please check-in at least 20 minutes prior to tour departure at Dark Sky Project Base, Takapō (Tekapo) lakefront.
What to wear
Please come prepared, we cannot supply ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) jackets under level 2.
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, we will offer an alternative option. In some cases, a full refund may be offered.
- Sep 2021 – Oct 2021
Maximum 5 people
Extra adult or child
On request only