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Stargazing & Hot Pool Experience - Tekapo Springs


Join us for a magical stellar evening with New Zealand’s only guided hot pools and star gazing experience!


  • Incredible dark sky hot pool experience!
  • Fully guided stargazing tour

Located at the renowned Tekapo Springs resort, the tour combines the spectacular Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with exclusive access to a relaxing hot pool.

The journey begins with an outdoor tour where you’re introduced to the dazzling night skies of Tekapo – look through telescopes and learn about fascinating astronomy with your guide! In poor weather you’ll enjoy a customised virtual reality tour of Tekapo’s night skies with a unique blend of science and storytelling.

You’ll then enjoy exclusive access to our soul-warming 38℃ hot pool where you can relax on a floating hammock and marvel at the sparkling display of stars as you explore the wonder of Tekapo’s night skies. Your guide remains poolside to tell you more about the stars and share local stories.

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve boasts some of the clearest, darkest night skies in the world and is the largest reserve in the southern hemisphere.

Adult $149.00
Child $112.00 (6-15 years old)

What's included

  • Fully guided star gazing - English speaking tours only
  • Dark sky hot pool experience


  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience


  • Tekapo Hot Springs are located in Tekapo; Approximately 3 hours drive South of Christchurch and 3 hours 15minutes drive North of Queenstown


  • Child pricing applies to children 6 to 15 years.

    Children over 6 years old are welcome to join any of the tours. However, the operator suggests families with multiple younger children may be more suited to the earliest tour available.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Departure Tour Times:

    First Tour: 8:45pm

    Second Tour: 10:00pm

    Third Tour: 11:30pm

    Please check-in 15mins prior at Tekapo Springs reception for all bookings.

    In the unlikely event that the outdoor tour is not possible due to weather conditions, an alternative indoor tour will be provided.

    Please note that our tour start times change seasonally to accommodate the sunset. You will receive a confirmation email from Tekapo Star Gazing that states your tour start time within 2 days of making your purchase on BookMe.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable however discounted tickets can be used as credit towards a normal priced activity or treatment with the difference being paid directly to Tekapo Springs.

Available Bookings from 12 Aug to 18 Aug 2022

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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


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Russell Toplis from New Zealand wrote on 20 March 2020

Great night out.

Erin was a wonderful host. Warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable. And thankfully didn’t mention coronavirus! Did feel rushed - even with the superb VR extra.

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ellenx from China wrote on 14 January 2020

Lucky us. Awsome experience!

We were so lucky to see the beautiful stars very clearly. We have no basic understanding of astronomy in fact so we didn't even know what the English guide talked about at the beginning? But fortunately, a Chinese guy came help us and introduced in detail. Very happy and satisfying experience anyway. Highly recommended.

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Amanda from New Zealand wrote on 13 March 2020

The stars at night

Beautiful night. Wonderfully knowledgeable staff. Relaxing in the pools and listening to the Maori legends was amazing. A romantic evening with the man I love. Would recommend to everyone. It puts your life and the universe into perspective.

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Shaun Tarbuck from United Kingdom wrote on 12 December 2019


Tourist trap. Don’t bother we lasted 15 minutes and walked out

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Melissa from New Zealand wrote on 01 February 2021

Star night

They staff were very knowledgeable. However the price for an average New Zealander was very expensive, looking at 150 per person. A average family would not be able to afford this.

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