Winter Night Sky Tour

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June 17, 2023
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6 Days
Availability : June 17-22 2023
Max People : 2 - 8
Tour Details

Join us for this exciting new mid-winter tour, you will be able to view the night sky from several prime South Island locations. Enjoy some hot pool relaxation, cheese sampling, storytelling, a scenic flight of the McKenzie basin and piping hot drinks and toddies along the way. Staying and dining at The Hermitage Mt Cook and Peppers at Tekapo among other destinations. A fabulous tour not to be missed, limited places available.

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Price Includes

  • 5 nights 4 star plus accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 evening dining experiences
  • 2 hot pool experiences
  • 2 night sky experiences1 scenic flight from Tekapo
  • Picnic style morning or afternoon teas

Day 1Christchurch to Geraldine

10am pick up from your accommodation, we take the inland scenic route from Christchurch past Pudding Hill, through Raikaia Gorge, stop in at Methven, Staveley, Mt Somers, to reach Geraldine. Enjoy dinner followed by a visit to a private observatory for a fascinating talk and study of the night sky.

Overnighting in comfortable motel units in Geraldine tonight.

Meal inclusions Dinner

Day 2Geraldine to Lake Tekapo

Today we explore the township of Geraldine this morning with breakfast out at Barkers, art gallery visits, cheese tasting, a little bush walk in the town before visiting Fairlie and Burkes Pass on our way to Tekapo for a two-night stay at Peppers Hotel. Early dinner before an evening of night sky viewing.

Meal inclusions breakfast and dinner

Day 3Lake Tekapo Area Activities

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast in the hotel restaurant before taking a fabulous 30 – minute scenic flight in a fixed wing aircraft over the MacKenzie Basin. You will have time to explore central Tekapo and have a bite of lunch before going for a scenic drive to Lake Alexandrina and enjoy a picnic afternoon tea surrounded by nature, returning for dinner followed by a special outdoor evening of stargazing with lake reflections. Meal inclusions breakfast and dinner

Day 4Tekapo to Mt Cook

After a relaxing breakfast in the hotel restaurant this morning you will be able to relax in the Tekapo Springs hot pools with views over the lake and surrounding mountains. We will get some lunch to take for a picnic, during our scenic drive up the right-hand side of Lake Pukaki to enjoy the views before going to Mt Cook for a fabulous evening at the Hermitage. The entertainment tonight will be at the Sir Edmond Hillary Centre.

Meal inclusions breakfast and dinner

Day 5Mt Cook to Omarama

After a relaxing breakfast in the Aoraki hotel restaurant with amazing views of Mt Cook, we will explore Twizel, take a short walk at the Omarama Clay Cliffs before enjoying a soak in hot tubs under the fabulous Omarama big sky landscape. Diner at a nearby establishment before retiring to your comfortable bed.

Meal inclusions breakfast and dinner

Day 6Omarama to Christchurch

We are going out for breakfast this morning, before starting our way towards Christchurch. We will stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd to catch the morning light over Lake Tekapo retracing our steps through Fairlie to Geraldine and then up to Ashburton stopping at The Ashford Store if you need to stock up on any knitting supplies and get a bite to eat here. Returning to Christchurch later in the afternoon.

Meal inclusions breakfast


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Geraldine George

Solo Traveller

I did enjoy the trip Lee , VERY interesting and I have told a lot of friends about it.
2nd time traveller.

August 2, 2022

Ellen Whitlock

Solo Traveller

I did enjoy the tour, it came up to expectation and we we’re kept busy at all times. I will certainly be telling friends and recommending South Island Tours and will be interested in another one in another year.

July 5, 2022

Valerie Hart

Solo Traveller

Night Sky Tour was very enjoyable with lots of varied experiences, excellent accommodation and an attentive guide. Highly recommended. Valerie Napier

July 4, 2022

Suanne Lorimer

Solo Traveller

A BIG thank you to Geoff for an extremely enjoyable trip , for seizing opportunities, like the Mt. John open day and for his care of the group.
Also to you Lee for your organization, communication and extra work to get me on the trip.

June 29, 2022

Barbara McGregor

Solo Traveller

This tour was simply amazing!! Two occasions in particular, the scenic flight over the McKenzie Country, the lakes where breath-taking & the star gazing was out this world!
So many other interesting places visited + wonderful accommodation, meals & company !!-It’s lovely meeting so many interesting companions on all the trips. I just loved it all!!

June 27, 2021