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View of milky way with observatory in foreground at top of Mt John

Dark Sky Project



From the darkest depths of the night we become enlightened


Proud to be regarded as leaders in astro-tourism experiences.

Located in Takapō (Tekapo) in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Dark Sky Project offer a range of stargazing and astronomy experiences including exclusive stargazing tours from the summit of Mount John. At the Dark Sky Project base building set on the Takapō lakefront, we host a multimedia astronomy experience combining tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy) and science – a world first. The base building is also home to our Dark Sky Diner, offering spectacular lake views, delicious food and beverages both day and night.

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Dark Sky Project base building is located on the stunning Takapō (Tekapo) lakefront, all tours depart from this location.

1 Motuariki Lane
Takapō (Lake Tekapo)
New Zealand

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