Winter Night Sky Tour

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June 24, 2024
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6 Days
Availability : June 24-29 2024
Max People : 2 - 8
Tour Details

Join us for this exciting mid-winter wonderland 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 Omarama

9 am pick up from your accommodation, in and around Christchurch, then on to Ashburton stopping at The Ashford Store if you need to stock up on any knitting supplies and get a bite to eat here also. We travel onto Omarama to enjoy a soak in hot tubs early evening under the fabulous Omarama big sky landscape. Dinner 6.30pm before retiring to your comfortable bed.  

Meal inclusions Dinner

Day 2Omarama to Lake Tekapo

Today we explore Twizel, take a short walk at the Omarama Clay Cliffs, before travelling to Tekapo for a two-night stay at Peppers Hotel. Early dinner at 5pm followed by a followed by a stargazing experience.

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 Geraldine

After a relaxing breakfast in the Aoraki hotel restaurant with amazing views of Mt Cook. Today we will stop at the Church of the Good Shepperd to catch the morning light over Lake Tekapo stopping at Burkes Pass and Fairlie for a bite to eat, reaching Geraldine approximately mid afternoon.

Meal inclusions breakfast and dinner

Day 6Geraldine to Christchurch

We are going out for breakfast at Barkers, this morning. Then we explore the township of Geraldine, with an art gallery visits, cheese tasting, enjoy a botanical riverside walk in the town, before we take the inland scenic route, stopping at Methven, Staveley, Mt Sommers, through Raikaia Gorge on our way to Christchurch arriving late afternoon.

Meal inclusions breakfast


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Group Traveller

I really enjoyed the Winter Wonderland Night Sky Tour, it is lovely to see all that area again in a relaxed way. The highlight was definitely the hoar frost! An unexpected bonus and so pleased Geoff turned around and went back to get some amazing photographs. I intend to frame a collection of them. Also to get in to some of the back roads was great. I had never stayed at the Hermitage or Tekapo or Geraldine, so really enjoyed that. We also got to explore Twizel a bit more, the night sky tour was a good experience

July 6, 2023


Group Traveller

My favourite parts would be the hoar frost, which was spectacular, Lake Alexandrina, Lake Tekapo hot pools and doing part of the Hooker Valley walk. It was also great to visit the Clay Cliffs as I have seen them from the road before so an up close visit was very interesting.

I look forward to more trips with South Island Tours

June 26, 2023

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

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