Tekapō stargazing

A three-quarter moon rising over Mt John made conditions dubious for viewing Tekapō’s world-renowned night sky.


The magical night sky at Mt John Observatory. © Julian Apse

Tasman Valley 4WD Tours Visit website

The road less travelled provides the greatest perspective! A rugged back road 4WD adventure accessing awe inspiring views over the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Peppers Bluewater Resort Visit website

Looking out to the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers architectural design reflective of the . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Great Coast Road: roadtripping at its best

Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best. Read the story . . . 

Dark Sky Project Visit website

New Zealand’s premier stargazing experience. Our expert guides and astrophotographers share the science and stories of the southern skies at a range of locations including . . . More . . . 

Lake Tekapo Motels, Holiday Park & Lakefront Lodge Backpackers Visit website

Lake Tekapo Motels, Holiday Park & Lakefront Lodge Backpackers are set amongst mature trees on the shores of picturesque Lake Tekapo. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Southern stars: see the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis

See the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis from the 4300-square kilometre UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Read the story . . . 

Air Safaris Visit website

Experience New Zealand's spectacular alpine scenery on the famous "Grand Traverse" flight of a lifetime. Every seat has a window - get the big picture! . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: the iconic peak that is the snapshot of the south

Explore snowy mountainscapes, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and the snow tussock grassland of alpine valleys in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Read the story . . . 

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Pinewood Motels Visit website

Friendly family owned and operated motel. Our comfortable, friendly, family owned and operated motel, situated a short walk from the centre of town, is the . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Hermitage: a haven for the adventurous

Not much has changed in the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884. Jagged, snowy peaks in every direction and the fast-flowing Hooker River outside the front door. Read the story . . . 

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park Visit website

Set amongst trees and the picturesque shores of Lake Tekapo, our camping ground is the perfect place for a family getaway with a bed to . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Lake Tekapō: shimmering beauty

By day, the view’s pretty spectacular – the arid splendour of the Mackenzie Country dominated by Aoraki Mount Cook. But you really want to be here when it gets dark...  Read the story . . . 

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Big Sky Stargazing Visit website

The darkness of the night sky around Aoraki Mt Cook is unbeatable - its official! Let the team at Big Sky Stargazing introduce you to . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

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