Dark Sky Project Summit Experience at Tekapo New Zealand

SUMMIT EXPERIENCE

at University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

Our most popular stargazing experience at the world-renowned astronomical research centre. Prepare for an awe-inspiring evening of discovery.

Immerse yourself in the stunning surrounds, pristine night skies and sophisticated viewing technologies as our expert guides and astrophotographers share the science and stories of our Southern Skies. Our talented astrophotographers will ensure you have a reminder of your unforgettable experience with us. 

Don't miss New Zealand's premier stargazing experience. Exclusive to Dark Sky Project, the Summit Experience at Mt John Observatory is in partnership with the University of Canterbury.

We strongly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Tour Overview

Location

University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

Stargazing

Up to 16" optical telescope

Time of day

Evening, outdoors

Minimum age

5 years & over

Family options

Early evening options available

2

Length

2 hours

Tour times

Varies throughout the year depending on time of sunset

Pick up options

Pick up from selected accommodation providers in Takapō

Checking in

Please check in at least 20 minutes prior to 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.

Astrophotography

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

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

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.

Weather

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.

Cloud

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.

Pricing

Adult

18 years & over

$175

Child

Ages 5-17

$99

Family

2 Adults 2 Children

$449

*Peak pricing applies 1 January – 31 March 2020. Family rates are for 2 adults, 2 children - charges apply for additional children. All prices are subject to change.

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