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The perfect introductory stargazing experience. Enhance your knowledge of our Southern skies and ponder the possibilities during an evening of discovery.

Expert astronomy guides bring the night sky to life, sharing the science and the stories of our Southern skies. Stargaze using the naked eye guided by lasers and then proceed to explore deeper through up to 16″ optical telescopes, including in a private observatory dome. Take in the incredible Milky Way, far off planets, star clusters, solar systems, and even distant galaxies; every night sky beholds something different.

Our exclusive Summit Experience runs for 1 hour 45 minutes, includes transport to and from Mt John, use of ECW (extreme cold weather jackets) to keep you warm at the summit (Please note: ECW Jackets are unable to be provided during Covid-19 Framework Red and Orange levels), and the full use of telescopes.

The nature of the terrain on Mount John requires a certain level of fitness, you need to be confident walking 100 meters on a gravel incline and be able to climb a couple of steps in the dark.


Stargazing Experience at World Class Centre

3 Hours

$299 NZD

Embark on New Zealand’s premier mountaintop stargazing experience. Dark Sky Project is proud to offer exclusive stargazing tours from the summit of Mount John, home to the world renowned astronomical research centre.

Experience provided by

Dark Sky Project

Important Information
  • Book in advance to avoid disappointment
  • minimum age 7 years
  • The Summit Experience is a weather dependent activity. If weather conditions prevent us from taking you outdoors (e.g. cloud cover or inclement weather) you’ll be offered alternate options including learning about our southern skies from a purpose-built technological and interactive venue.
  • Experience is available from Thursday to Monday only.
  • Early evening options available for Families
  • Please check-in at least 20 minutes prior to tour departure at Dark Sky Project Base, Tekapo

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