Time-lapse animations taken by Maki Yanagimachi around Lake Tekapo, NewZealand
Located in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Takap? (Tekapo) is one of the quietest spots on the planet yet it has one of the busiest night skies in the universe.
Dark Sky Project are proud to be world-leaders in astro-tourism and offer a range of experiences at exclusive locations in this world-renowned stargazing destination including ?teh?wai – University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, the Church of the Good Shepherd and Cowan’s Observatory.
Dark Sky Project is the ultimate place to reflect, to discover and to be inspired. Join an evening tour at these exclusive locations and take in the stunning surrounds, pristine night skies and premier destinations with the expert guides. Alternatively, if you are after an indoor daytime experience, you won’t want to miss the new, indoor daytime astronomy experience.
Sit back and relax at Dark Sky Project’s two exquisite eateries. Overlook the picturesque Lake Tekapo as you dine at Dark Sky Diner. During the day, hike or drive up Mt John and enjoy a refreshment at the Astro Café whilst taking in the stunning surrounds that boasts some of the world’s best views including the Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mt Cook.
At Atehawai, University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory
Prepare for an awe-inspiring evening of discovery at this world renowned research observatory. A truly breathtaking experience, be immersed in the stunning surrounds and pristine night skies as our sophisticated telescopes and expert astronomy guides share the science and stories of our Southern Skies. Our talented astrophotographers will ensure you have a reminder of your incredible experience with us.
Don’t miss Aoraki Mackenzie’s most popular stargazing experience exclusive to Dark Sky Project.
The ultimate stargazing experience. Designed specifically with stargazing in mind, this is the perfect experience for those wanting to enjoy time under the stars.
Nestled in a giant purpose-built crater to provide maximum wind protection and minimum light pollution, our expert astronomy guides will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our Southern Skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through our powerful optical telescopes.
At the Church of the Good Shepherd
Deservingly New Zealand’s most photographed icon, the Church of the Good Shepherd with the Milky Way stretching overhead is enough to take anyone’s breath away.
Hosted by our entertaining and knowledgeable guides, this evening walking tour allows you exclusive access within the Church grounds at night as you explore the history of the Aoraki Mackenzie region and the wonder of our Southern Skies.
Secure that perfect picture and enjoy a special digital photographic memory from the night, courtesy of our talented astrophotographer.
At Rehua, Dark Sky Base Building.
Get ready to embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making. A treat for the senses, the Dark Sky Experience brings science, t?tai aroraki (Maori astronomy) and fascinating multi-media installations together in a ‘Big Bang’ of awe and inspiration. Thought-provoking, educational and entertaining, this journey is sure to change your outlook in the best possible way.
A must for all visitors staying overnight in the region, or simply passing through.
Early Evening Tours
Dark Sky Project is proud to offer early evening options at the Atehawai, University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory. Take in the stunning views at dusk as the night sky reveals itself with the Twilight (summer) and Little Star (winter) tours.
Phone: +64 3 680 6960
Images copyright & provided by: Maki Yanagimachi and David Weir