Star Gazing Tours are operated from the Tekapo Springs facilities, however check in for these tours is at our Tekapo Star Gazing office in Lake Tekapo Township on the main street next to the Godley Hotel or at the bottom of the driveway at Tekapo Springs (6 Lakeside Drive).
Tours will entail either an outdoor guided tour with the use of our Professional Celestron 9.25 Aperture and Sky Watcher Esprit 120 telescopes, OR an exciting indoor guided tour utilising our high definition projector with fantastic colour astro images and video. The indoor component will feature the same guided content as the outdoor tour including photos of the night sky in Tekapo.
Night sky visibility will determine whether either the outdoor or indoor guided tour is utilised, sometimes the stargazing tours are a mixture of both indoor and outdoors.
Our talented Star Gazing Guides will point out the seasonal major night sky features and tell you about their significance for navigational and cultural purposes for European, Maori, Polynesian, Aboriginal and Greek cultures along with some entertaining and relatable stories. After theformal guided tour, star gazers will be invited to get changed and enter the relaxing hot pools which will be dimly lit until everyone is in the pools.
Once star gazers are all settled in the hot pools, lights will be turned down to a soft glowing red, and beautiful relaxing music will start to play. Bathers will be offered floating hammocks so they can comfortably lie back and relax and continue to enjoy the Southern Night Sky. A Star Gazing Guide will be present while you are in the pools to answer any questions you may have.
All tours are 2 hours in duration, but please allow 2.5 hours in total including travel and check in. The café will be open for drinks and snacks throughout the tour.