Stargaze the Dark Sky Reserve

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 Aoraki-Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve for world class stargazing. We have exclusive night time access to the major film location for The Lord Of The Rings movies.


Tour Highlights

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

Duration: 2 Hours

Priced from $90 adult / $70 child discounted for groups

Private group tours and larger group tours by prior arrangement. 


Know before you go

Pick up point: Mackenzie Country Hotel reception. 

Transport is available to and from accommodation.

  • Wear your warmest clothing and walking shoes, hat and gloves if you have them.
  • For chilly nights we provide extra insulated jackets, long pants, hats and gloves.
  • Start time varies seasonally to hours of darkness, confirm tour start time at booking.
  • Earliest Winter start time 6:30pm, latest Summer start time 11:30pm. 

Stargazing Pick Up Location