The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Star Gazing is the only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand. The tour operates from the renowned facilities of Tekapo Springs, combining the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with our soul-warming hot pools.
The second half of the tour is where it really gets magical! In a 38-degree hot pool, let the real world melt away as you lie back with the help of a floating hammock to ensure ultimate relaxation and easy sky viewing. While soothing music plays, feel like you’re floating among the stars as you explore the wonders of the night skies. Our guides are poolside during this unique star gazing experience, so if any questions come to mind or you’d like to know more about the cosmos you just need to ask.
Our first tour of the night is suitable for everyone over the age of 6 years old with our other tours only suitable for those aged 13 and over. Tours include complimentary transport to and from the Tekapo village centre, with a pool wheelchair available on request. Start times for our star gazing experiences are seasonal to ensure the darkest skies.
It was -5 and the sky was slightly cloudy with no chance of snow.
It was an awesome way to learn about our planets, see planets through massive telescopes and revel in the fact we are just dust in the scheme of things. The guides were terrific and incredibly knowledgeable. Expensive outing but it’s done. I can tick it off the bucket list.
Denise R, Dunedin, New Zealand
We were all hesitant about going to Tekapo Springs at 10:30 pm and standing outside in the cold for 40 minutes then to strip down to our bathers and get wet. But in the end we were all glad we did it and feel better for the experience. The moon was 75% full so the sky lacked the true darkness we desired but the talk and telscopes was certainly well informative. Really enjoyed seeing Saturn and the Moon through the telescopes. Then the time for the hot pool. The walk on icy rubber mats was a challenge as it was -2 C outside, but the hot springs was a delight. The water hammock were fjn but in the end we all submerged our entire bodies into the water since parts were exposed to the air when using the hammocks. We saw at least 4 shooting stars and a lovely clear night sky.
We had such a good experience doing the stargazing. It was easy to book into and there is transport from their office in town to the lake springs building. Our guide Dan was very knowledgable and his love for everything to do with the sky/space really showed through in how passionately he spoke of it. Dan tried very hard to answer any questions and was happy to explain everything. He didn’t enjoy chatting/small talk very much though. It was freezing out looking at through the telescope but once we were put in the hot pools it was amazing. Looking up at the brilliant night sky whilst floating in warm water is something everyone should experience in their life. Rug up with beanies and gloves when you set out for the tour and you will have a great night.
Georgia P, Melbourne, Australia