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Silver River Stargazing - Lake Tekapo

Discover the southern night sky on our amazing 1.5-hour stargazing experience, with brilliant guides and modern computerised telescopes...

Highlights

  • Amazing 360° degree views of the night sky
  • Learn to navigate the night sky using our iconic Southern Cross
  • Look at stars, nebula, star clusters and many other celestial objects up close using the telescope
  • Explore the Milky Way and spot satellites and amazing shooting stars!
  • Small tour groups ensure a personalised experience

Get ready to discover the wonders and mysteries of the southern night sky on our amazing 1.5-hour stargazing experience.

We’ll transport you to and from our exclusive site just outside of Tekapo township, on a private farm offering 25,000 acres of pure darkness over the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

Enjoy a spectacular view of the stars with our modern digital telescopes, fancy astro-lasers, and our dedicated guides dazzling you with their knowledge.

We offer small group tours ensuring you have a fully personalised experience with our brilliant guides and even brighter stars.

Departing nightly, we’re dedicated to bringing you a stellar adventure you won’t forget - without the huge price tag!

Adult Night Owl Tour $75.00
Adult Early Tour $95.00
Adult Late Tour $85.00
Child $59.00 (5 and above only)

What's included

  • Transport to / from the Silver River™ Stargazing locations (this does not include transport from your accommodation)
  • A 90 minute fully guided tour of the night sky
  • Warm down jackets are available for use
  • Experienced star guide
  • Group photo taken under the stars

Duration

  • Allow approximately 90 minutes for the whole experience

Restrictions

  • If your child requires a car seat, please ensure you bring this with you for their safety.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • *** Please note that our tour start times change seasonally to accommodate complete darkness.Please include a phone number in your booking. You will receive a confirmation email from the operator (Silver River) confirming your tour start time within 24 hours of making your purchase on BookMe. EARLY TOUR will run prior to midnight. The NIGHT OWL TOUR will run between midnight & 3am depending on the season which means the date on your Silver River booking confirmation will show the next day. ***

    Sometimes Tekapo can have really adverse weather. When we cancel the tours, you will be able to obtain a full refund. If tours are cancelled we will advise you on your contact details provided.

    Please Note: Tours are available in both English and Mandarin. Please select your preferred language upon check-out.

    Meeting point: 48a D’Archiac Drive (Next to Balmoral Farmyard & Shop) Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 7945

  • Please call or email us to confirm your reservation 24 hours prior to tour departure. Please include a phone number in your booking in case we need to contact you about weather conditions.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.2

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Thijs van Druenen from Netherlands wrote on 06 November 2018

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Southern Light!

Was a very good tour. The guide showed good knowledge of the stars and explained the different constellations. The best thing however was that we were lucky to experience the southern light! It looked supergreat on the free pictures that were made!

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From Silver River Stargazing - Lake Tekapo

Hi Thijs, thank you for taking the time to give Silver River Stargazing a review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your tour & that you were lucky enough to experience the Southern lights! We hope to see you again in the future! Kind Regards Lake Tekapo Farm Tours

Harshitha CHintireddy from New Zealand wrote on 04 June 2019

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Start gazing at silver river

It was very well organised and informative session... heard lot of interesting things from the tour guide

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From Silver River Stargazing - Lake Tekapo

Hi Harshitha, Thank you for taking the time to give Silver River Stargazing a review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your tour & we hope to see you again in the future! Kind Regards Team at Silver River Stargazing

Margot from France wrote on 23 May 2019

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Super nice

Very good experience! Few reasons: -polite and warm welcoming, nice staff -they proposed me to go on an earliest tour where so seat were still available, without charging the price difference -a view of a lot of constellations, nebula and stars (shown on the sky or in the telescope where you can see so much details) for a very affordable price -help to take moon photos through the telescope and they take a photo of you with an amazing sky behind for the souvenir

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From Silver River Stargazing - Lake Tekapo

Hi Margot, thank you for taking the time to give Silver River Stargazing a review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your tour & we hope to see you again in the future! Please share your experience to your families and friends. Kind Regards Team at Silver River Stargazing

Luisa Marwinsky from Germany wrote on 09 January 2019

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Nice

It was a nice experience and we were lucky to see some stars and the Venus even it was a bit cloudy. The team was friendly we were separated in two groups to look through the telescope. They tried their best to show us everything and explained a bit.

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From Silver River Stargazing - Lake Tekapo

Hi Luisa, thank you for taking the time to give Silver River Stargazing a review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your tour & we hope to see you again in the future! Kind Regards Lake Tekapo Farm Tours

Heather from New Zealand wrote on 19 April 2019

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Great Night

Amazing experience, incredible views and awesome knowledge from the guide. My advice would be to wrap up warm, and wear warm shoes...or you're feet will get numb. Tekapo is amazing, and this evening was just the icing on the cake A+

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From Silver River Stargazing - Lake Tekapo

Hi Heather, thanks for taking the time to give Silver River Stargazing a review! Your advice is very sound, it's getting cold in Tekapo & with winter being the best time of year for stargazing we highly recommend you come prepared, it's worth it!

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