Tekapo Springs is launching star gazing at the clear sky location in new Zealand’s Mackenzie country.
The multi-award-winning South Island tourist attraction, renowned for its innovation and ongoing business investment, will take viewing the Southern night sky to whole new levels with the introduction of Tekapo Star Gazing.
Starting in March, the tours benefit from the fact that the tiny township of Tekapo sits within the world’s largest international dark sky reserve, only the fourth such reserve in the world. It incorporates a 40-minute guided night sky tour with trained astronomy and astrological guides followed by a 40-minute soak in the hot pools where guides will continue to give information.
“We’re thrilled to be opening after sourcing and putting our new telescopes in place as well as employing guides and training staff about our unique night skies,” said owner Karl Burtscher. “We’re always being asked about extending our night time operations, so this is the perfect way to do it.”