2 Day Tekapo Starry Night Tour

Visiting two of the South Islands "hot spots", this short 2 day tour will certainly get your visual senses going.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Christchurch    Ends: Queenstown
Duration: 2 Days
Departs Daily

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Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Mt John Observatory
  • Mt Cook
  • Queenstown
Day 1: Christchurch - Lake Tekapo
Departing Christchurch, enjoy travelling through the Canterbury Plains and the pretty rural townships of Geralding and Fairlie in the MacKenzie Country before reaching the stunning shores of Lake Tekapo. This afternoon is at leisure for you to look around this beautiful area. This evening enjoy a stargazing tour to Mt John observatory. See the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey with us to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer and see a range of research equipment not open to the general public and experience the working environment of an astronomer.
Accommodation: Pepper Bluewater Resort or similar
Day 2: Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook - Queenstown
After a leisurely start, depart Tekapo by coach. Hugging the stunning turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki you pass the Glentanner High Country Station before reaching Mt Cook Village. With time for lunch (own expense) you can enjoy the beautiful mountain and glacier views or one of the many short walks this area has to offer. Travel further south passing through Omarama and the fruit growing township of Cromwell before reaching stunning Queenstown early evening

Optional extras that can be added to this tour

From Christchurch
Alpine Safari Day Tour
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

From Queenstown
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise
Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise
Routeburn Track Day Walk

This tour departs daily

As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$780 per person NZ$980 per person
Double NZ$620 per person NZ$745 per person
Triple NZ$645 per person NZ$690 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018



Independent tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
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The trip was very well arranged and everyone enjoyed the time in New Zealand. We were also blessed with fine weather and just missed the storm as we left South Island. Appreciate the planning which was done very well and we will surely recommend our friends to get in contact when they want to do the same trip.
P Cheng


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