Lake Tekapo Shared Stargazing Tour - 90 Minutes

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Fitness level low
Intensity level low
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Highlights & inclusions

Budget friendly stargazing in Lake Tekapo
Expert stargazing guide
Intimate small group experience
Remote location with almost zero light pollution
Use a Celestron CPC Deluxe 9.25-inch telescope
Maximum of 12 guests on each tour

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Sat, Jun 22, 2024

What you can expect

Begin your celestial journey on a small group Tekapo stargazing tour with Chameleon Stargazing. This mesmerising experience takes place under some of the least light-polluted skies in the world, within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Get a closer look at galaxies and constellations through a 9.25 inch telescope, while your guide regales you with fascinating astronomy stories, from Greek mythology to Māori legends and everything in between.

Lake Tekapo is renowned for its pristine dark skies, making it the perfect New Zealand destination for stargazing. With a maximum of 12 guests on each tour, small group stargazing at Lake Tekapo is a unique opportunity to learn from your knowledgeable guide, use a powerful 9.25 inch telescope and really connect with the universe. To top off your Tekapo stargazing tour, you will toast marshmallows over a fire bowl and enjoy hot chocolate while gazing up at the night sky.

Chameleon Stargazing offers a budget friendly and personalised stargazing experience in Lake Tekapo, making your journey into the cosmos both educational and easy on the pocket. Cherish this moment forever with a family or individual photo included in the tour, captured beneath the stars.


What you need to know

  • 90 minute stargazing tour in Lake Tekapo
  • Use of a Celestron Deluxe 9.25-inch telescope
  • Professional astronomy guide
  • Small groups with a maximum of 12 guests
  • Photos of yourself and your friends or family under the night sky (edited and sent to you after the tour)
  • Outdoor furniture, cushions and blankets
  • Hot chocolate (vegan available)
  • Fire bowl and toasted marshmallows
  • Please check in 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
  • Departures times vary throughout the year due to changing sunset times
  • In most times of the year tours may start anytime between 6:30pm and midnight
  • In summer months tours usually start anytime from 10pm and midnight, finishing as late as 2am
  • This experience will take approximately 90 minutes
Departure Location
  • This experience is located is a four-minute drive from Lake Tekapo village centre, next to the Tekapo River
What To Bring
  • We encourage you to wear warm clothes or bring a blanket to use during the experience all year round.
Additional Information
  • Weather conditions are very changeable in the Mackenzie basin, we cannot guarantee a perfect cloudless sky. A full refund will be offered to guests if the service is cancelled due to weather conditions (cloud, rain, snow, fog). The decision to cancel is at the discretion of Chameleon Stargazing
  • Smoking or drug consumption is not permitted during the time you are participating in our tour. If guests are considered to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, or deliberately intend to damage the equipment, the service will be cancelled, and no refund will be given
  • Please Note: Some Stargazing Tours Depart After Midnight, make sure that you are selecting the correct date for your booking. For example: 01.15am on the 4th December will depart in the morning on the 4th December. It is NOT for the evening of the 4th December
Cancellation Policy
  • Guests will receive a full refund if the service is cancelled up to 24 hours before hand, any appointment transfer requests can be sent to
  • Chameleon Stargazing has the right to cancel or change the duration of the service due to extreme weather conditions or technical issues, in this case, you will get a full refund or be transferred to another date.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience
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