incredible night sky

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.

A two-hour experience, the first half of the tour begins with an introduction to the night sky by a star gazing guide, and is complemented by looking through high-powered telescopes pointed at some of the most interesting features of the southern skies. This guided portion of the tour focuses on the mythology and legend attributed to celestial objects by different cultures around the world. .

If the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor stargazing, an alternative indoor tour will be provided. The indoor experience uses a high-definition projector to feature full-colour satellite images of deep space as well as interactive elements and similar fascinating and informative content as the outdoor tour.

relax & soak


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 two tours are suitable for everyone over the age of 6 years old with the last tour of the night reserved for adults only. 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.

NIGHTLY TOURS


Star Gazing Tours are operated from the Tekapo Springs facilities. Please note that check in for the tours is at our Tekapo Star Gazing office in Lake Tekapo Township on State Highway 8, next to the Godley Hotel.

Tours run nightly however night sky visibility and weather conditions will determine if the indoor or outdoor experience is utilised. Sometimes the guided portion of the stargazing tour is both indoors and outdoors. The hot pools portion takes place regardless of weather.
  • Recommended trip

    Although the sky was not really clear that night but there was a planetarium & stars presentation to us which is funny. Following by a nice hit spring treat at a winter nightthat was really really comfortable & amazing.

    Chandelier7818, Macau, China

  • A Must Do Adventure

    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

  • Amazing experience even in the Winter

    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.

    KenV-NZ

  • Perfect combo

    Perfect amount of timing with both the star gazing & the hot pools. My partner & I did this experience as a way of killing two birds with one stone per say & also to experience the hot pools at night. Great knowledge shared about the stars, galaxies & NZ history. A real eye opener.

    Marlyn L

  • You 100% need to do this!!

    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

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    2 hr

    All tours are 2 hours in duration

    Please allow 2 hours in total including travel and check in. The café will be open for drinks and snacks throughout the tour.

    40 min

    First Half

    Enjoy an introduction to the night sky with your star gazing guide, complemented by looking through high-powered telescopes pointed at some of the most interesting features of the southern skies. Marvel at Tekapo’s amazing night skies with our unique combination of astronomy and storytelling.

    If the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor stargazing, an alternative indoor tour will be provided. The indoor experience uses a high-definition projector to feature full-colour satellite images of deep space as well as interactive elements and similar fascinating and informative content as the outdoor tour.

    40 min

    second half

    Relax in a 38-degree hot pool and let the real world melt away while listening to soothing music. Our floating hammocks ensure ultimate relaxation and easy sky viewing and you’ll feel like you’re floating among the stars. Guides are poolside during this unique star gazing experience to answer any questions.

    After your relaxing soak, our free shuttle departs and will drop you back in the Tekapo town centre.