Big Sky Stargazing

With no lighting for miles around, Mt Cook is the perfect place to view the stunning night sky. With informative guides leading the way as the sky begins to darken, your eyes will adjust and a feast of starbursts will soon dance above you.

Big Sky Stargazing

Experienced guides will introduce you to our beautiful southern night sky with a full hour using the naked eye, astro-binoculars and state of the art 14" and 11" astronomy telescopes. Unleash your imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the southern cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets, planets, stunning star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and even our very own galaxy, the spectacular Milky Way.

An experience is guaranteed. The tour is delivered either from an outdoor viewing platform at our Stargazing building set alone under a massive night sky, or if the weather is unfavourable then your guide leads you through a 'live' orientation of our southern night sky indoors, reclined in comfortable seats of New Zealand's first 260 digital Dome Planetarium theatre where 4k high definition images generated by state of the art computer software immerse you in a stunning digital view of the universe and beyond.

Tour Type: Activity
From: Mt Cook to Mt Cook
Departs: Daily
Duration: Evening
Tour Code: DMON01

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Mt Cook

Tour Inclusions

  • Fully trained guides
  • Planetarium Digital dome presentation
  • Stargazing within the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve
  • Use of telescopes & astronomy binoculars
  • Hot drink


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $80 NZD $45 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Night tour. Departure time will be confirmed at time of booking depending on month.

Children: Child (4 - 14 years).

What to bring:
  • Flat soled, enclosed walking shoes must be worn
  • Warm clothing
Additional notes:
  • The Big Sky Stargazing tour never cancels - if the weather is deemed to be below the required standard to operate outside, then the tour will move forward with the inclement weather alternative. This alternative features New Zealand's first full dome digital Planetarium - high definition video images on a suspended 9m wide x 4.5m high full dome. Our guides will take you through a 'live' orientation of the night sky that is sure not to disappoint the keen astrophile
  • Minimum age is 4 years although tour is not recommended for those under 8 years
Average Score: 4.5 (2 ratings)
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We didn’t go the center, but we did go on the Big Sky Stargazing tour that was booked through the Hermitage Hotel Activity Desk — it was amazing.

It starts with a 30 minute video of the sky and explaining what we would be seeing. Then they give you warm coats (very much appreciated) and drive you a short distance to a place away from all the lights. They had 4 telescopes set up, and the guides were so good at showing what you were seeing in the sky. The stars were amazing and they explained about what we were seeing. It was an incredible experience, and the stars were amazing.

Very worth the time and money!!!! You must do this.
While staying at Hermitage Hotel during April 2018, a group of us joined the Stargazing program at night. It was fun and educational. We learned quite a bit about the Southern Cross and the Milky Way was quite spectacular. We all enjoyed the experience.