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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!

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

Adult late tour $65.00
Adult early tour $85.00
Child $45.00

What's included

  • Transport to / from the Silver River™ Stargazing locations (this does not include transport from your accommodation)
  • A 60 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 duration 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. 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. LATE 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 call or email us to confirm your reservation 24 hours prior to tour departure.

Available Bookings from June 27 to July 03

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

Early Tour
Late Tour
Thu 27 Jun
Fri 28 Jun
Sat 29 Jun
Sun 30 Jun
Mon 1 Jul
Tue 2 Jul
Wed 3 Jul

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult early tour$85.00
  • Child$45.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult early tour$85.00
  • Child$45.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult early tour$85.00
  • Child$45.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult early tour$85.00
  • Child$45.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult early tour$85.00
  • Child$45.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult early tour$85.00
  • Child$45.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult late tour$48.00
  • Child$45.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult late tour$48.00
  • Child$45.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult late tour$48.00
  • Child$45.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult late tour$48.00
  • Child$45.00

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

4.5

28 reviews

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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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Christiane Wizigmann from Germany wrote on 04 June 2019

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Trillions of stars

I booked the late Tour at 10pm. Because of the weather forecast they called me and offered me a place at a earlier Tour without extra charge. Our Group was very small, just 2 people. They offered us extra long, heavy Winter coats with were a blessing. The night sky was very clear and we had a stunning view over the milkey way. Fraser, who was your guide explained the Star, nebulas, galaxys and all the other interesting stuff to us, He was very patient and a good teacher. We now have no Problem to find the southern cross. He also took a beautiful picture of us with the milky way in the background. Thank you very much for this amazing experience.

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Kartik from India wrote on 04 April 2019

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Not that great

Well, stargazing is supposed to be in a place which has absolutely no lights around and this spot in particular had a few houses around (there were far away) and the light from these houses were annoying.

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From Silver River Stargazing - Lake Tekapo

Hi Kartik, Thank you for your review, we do find it strange that you have mentioned 'houses' in the vicinity of our stargazing site. Our stargazing site is on a large golf course, down in a bunker that was build into the ground of the golf course specifically designed to offer 360 degree reviews of the sky with no light pollution. I'm am wondering if the house lights you are talking about where on your drive to & from the stargazing site. Yours is the first review we've had since we have been open, talking about 'house lights' detracting from the sky views hence my response questioning if this was travelling to & from the actual stargazing site.

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

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