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Dark Sky Project

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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About Dark Sky Project
At Dark Sky Project (formerly Earth & Sky) we strive to connect manuhiri (visitors) to our night skies, and to inspire a lifelong understanding and passion for the dark sky above. We’re proud to be world-leaders in astro-tourism experiences and advocates for dark sky preservation. Located in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the world and the first Dark Sky Reserve in the world and the first to be awarded gold tier status, Takapō (Tekapo) is one of the quietest spots on the planet yet it has one of the busiest night skies in the universe. We’re privileged to offer a range of experiences at exclusive locations in this world-renowned stargazing destination. Stunning surrounds, pristine night skies, premier destinations, expert guides make Dark Sky Project the ultimate place to reflect, to discover and to be inspired.
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Nicole Z wrote a review 17 May
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The whole experience is very good. Good guidance of looking at the stars and using the telescope. If u just want to look a star u dont necessarily need to go on top of the mountain, anywhere a bit darker in Lake Tekapo would work. $180 for this is just too expensive ……
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Patrick W wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand32 contributions
I would save your money and park up on a hillside as you get just the same view. Download the stargazing app and you are good to go. It was rushed and extremely overpriced
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Kikki wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland, New Zealand320 contributions67 helpful votes
The guides' knowledge was excellent and the sky was clear but a full moon stymied any great star viewing except through the telescopes. They were interesting to look at. Worth doing but a bit pricey overall. Recommend walking up during the day as well to enjoy the daylight view from top of the mount.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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HDuggie wrote a review Mar 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
It was an interesting experience but overpriced for what you get. What we saw was quite underwhelming. It was interesting to see craters on the half moon and a cluster of stars that can't really be seen with the naked eye. But the whole experience isn't worth the $169 pp.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Jimmy D wrote a review Feb 2022
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions3 helpful votes
Tu the tour guide was amazing 👏 He was very passionate about astronomy and explained the tour in detail. Thank you so much really enjoyed our time.
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