Be amazed at the breathtaking glory
of Mackenzie’s night sky


The Southern night sky of Aoraki Mackenzie has been rightly designated an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Our stargazing tour caters for small groups and individual interests with a personal friendly atmosphere. Travel with us into the Aroki-Mackenzie International Dark Sky Rerve for world class stargarzing. We have exclusive night time access to the major film location for The Lord Of The Rings movies.

Tour Highlights

  • See Southern Night Sky and Milky Way
  • Learn Southern stars & constellations
  • Share national stories & Maori legend
  • Enjoy the sound of silence under the stars
  • Exclusive stargazing location 
  • Warm refreshment is provided 

Duration: 2 Hours


Adult: $85  Child: $50 (8-12yrs)

Group (4 plus): $75 per person

Minimum 3 people to confirm a tour. 

Minimum rate: $200 for 1-2 people. 

Private group tours and larger group tours by prior arrangement. 

Know before you go

Pick up point: Mackenzie Country Hotel reception. For group bookings we can transport to and from accommodation.

Wear your warmest clothing and walking shoes. Bring hat and gloves if you have them. 

For chilly nights we provide extra insulated jackets, long pants, hats and gloves.

Start time varies seasonally with hours of darkness. Please confirm your tour start time when booking. 

Earliest Winter start time 6:30pm, latest Summer start time 11:30pm.