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“Mesmerizing”

Skyline Queenstown - Stargazing
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US$48.88*
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Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant
Ranked #48 of 160 Tours in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Perched high above Queenstown, keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a 'hidden world' not seen by the naked eye. Skyline Stargazing will take visitors to a specially-constructed area high above the Gondola, where there is no trespassing light, allowing for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky. Top-of-the line telescopes give stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of stunning sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
Reviewed 26 May 2017

You will never see stars in the Southern Hemisphere like you will on this tour. Glen was our stargazing-tour guide, and he did a phenomenal presentation. For those who do not know much about stars, planets, galaxies, etc, Glen did a wonderful brief overview of the mysteries of our universe. We were fortunate that we were above the clouds, and were able to see the night sky. There is no light pollution from the city, and the night sky lit up before our eyes. Do not worry if it is cold: they provide jackets that keep up warm up to -15 degrees Celsius. On this tour, you will see the Milky Way, our closest suns, and even Saturn's rings via telescope. Highly recommend this excursion. We will never forget it.

1  Thank Rachel F
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SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Skyline Queenstown - Stargazing, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Rachel, thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review! We are so glad you had a great time with Glen on his tour. It is truly amazing seeing Saturn and it’s stunning rings through our high powered telescopes, we never grow tired of it’s beauty!

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile


Cost: We had purchased a package on the skyline website which included the gondola rides, dinner at stratosphere and stargazing for $135 nzd
Location: the meet up point is directly at the entrance of the restaurant
Safety: nil risk involved
Solo vs group activity: either or
Planning required or spontaneous: planning definitely better in this case
Pre-planned points to be considered: arriving on time and wearing warmer clothes as you will be standing outside for an hour so it will be freezing

Best feature: we had Jesse James for our tour and he was amazing, very informative. The whole tour was great. I learnt alot and definitely recommend this activity for all ages.
The telescopes had to be my favorite
They also provided us with huge jackets to fight the cold also and it was really appreciated because did I mention its freezing up there. Wear double layered socks!!!
Worst feature: the cold. I forgot to think about my toes so i was struggling staying still at the end of it.

1  Thank Natasha N
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SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Skyline Queenstown - Stargazing, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Natasha, thank you so much for leaving such a brilliant detailed review! Yes it does get cold up there on our Wintery nights, we highly recommend extra layers to keep toes warm! At least we are able to help a bit with the nice warm Canadian Goose down jackets. So glad Jesse James was able to show you such a great night and that our high powered telescopes were your favourite, they are definitely ours too. We would love to see you again, maybe in the summer next time though so not only can you see some new objects through our telescopes, but also so your toes stay warm :)

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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

This experience was amazing! Christian our tour guy was excellent, he had a lot of knowledge and lame but good space jokes! They provided warm jackets and hot chocolate at the end! Would definitely do it again!

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SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Skyline Queenstown - Stargazing, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thank you so much for leaving us such a nice review. Glad Christian kept you laughing throughout the night! It’s so good to have the Canadian goose down jackets and hot chocolates on our cold winter nights! We hope to see you again sometime, and maybe Christian will have some new bad jokes :)

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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

The guide Christian was great! Kept our group of 12ish laughing the whole time. He was an absolute wealth of knowledge and his passion for the stars illuminated our evening. The whole tour was incredibly well organized and flowed nicely. I'm impressed and would recommend the tour to anyone with a passing interest in our night sky.

Thanks for the laughs and new space puns!

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SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Skyline Queenstown - Stargazing, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Haha Christian and his puns, we all love them!! We are so happy to hear you had such a brilliant time on Christian’s tour and that you were able to learn some more about our mesmerising night sky, as well as a few new puns :)

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

I can hardly find any words for it! It was simply amazing! Jesse, our really passionate guide guided us with really great humor through all of these stars and constellations of new zealands amazing starsky! We had a clear Sky with many stars and we learned soooo many astonishing things what's going on above our heads! Jesse really made our day! Thanks soooo much for that! I totally recommend it! It was Amazing!!!

1  Thank Julia s
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SkylineEnterprises, Manager at Skyline Queenstown - Stargazing, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review Julia. We are so glad you had such a brilliant time on your tour, and were able to learn a few new things. Jesse is great, and yes so passionate not only about the night sky, but also about sharing it with everyone, we are lucky to have him as part of our team!

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