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Stargazing

Explore The Galaxy

Reserve your spot and take a journey into a hidden world

Experience the clear, unpolluted skies of Queenstown as the perfect setting for a unique Skyline Stargazing encounter. High above Queenstown you can enjoy a guided tour of our galaxy and learn all about our southern skies and New Zealand’s Southern Cross. Our state of the art telescopes and informed guides point the way to planets, nebulae, the Milky Way and even other far-flung galaxies.

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Prices shown are valid until 31st March 2019.

Tour Information

  • How often do tours run?

    Stargazing tours run daily and you’ll need to allow up to two hours, including the Gondola ride time for your Stargazing tour. Arrive at the base of the Gondola at least 30 minutes before the start of the tour or dinner. Session times do vary as sunset times change regularly. Check out the full Stargazing Timetable.

  • Are reservations required?

    Yes, as tours seats are limited, we would recommend reserving a seat on the Stargazing tour you wish to attend.

    Check availability and buy your tickets here.

  • Are there combo tickets for Gondola & Dinner & Stargazing?

    Yes! We invite guests to plan their activities to best experience what Skyline has to offer. We offer a combo ticket of Gondola, Dinner & Stargazing. Check availability and buy your tickets here. Check out the specific activity times here.

  • Do children pay?

    We offer reduced child rates for those aged between 5 and under 15 years old. Infants under the age of 5 years old can go on the tour Free of Charge.

  • How big are the groups?

    Tours will run with groups of up to 22 people and minimum numbers may apply for some sessions. All of our Stargazing tours can be tailored to suit individual groups and knowledge levels and each session will be lead by one of our experienced Stargazing guides.

  • What happens if the weather does not permit the running of the tour?

    The Skyline Stargazing tour is a weather-dependent product. Rain and cloud are a few of the weather elements that could lead to a cancellation of this service. Tours may be cancelled at short notice due to changing weather conditions. The decision to cancel any tour is at the discretion of the guide who is operating the tours for that evening and will usually be made 15 minutes before the tour time but can occasionally be later as well.

    In the event of a cancellation due to the weather, we will endeavour to reschedule you on a suitable alternative tour within 72 hours. If a rescheduling does not work with your itinerary, we will be able to issue a refund.

  • What should I wear?

    We provide complimentary use of the world's leading extreme outerwear, Canada Goose down jackets. Even so, come dressed for a light walk and for being outside. We’re in an alpine location and the tour is over 750 metres above Lake Wakatipu, so warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. 

  • What languages are offered on the Stargazing tours?

    If not specified, the default tour language will be English. We offer Mandarin/Cantonese/Japanese commentary on select days. Get in touch with our Reservations team to find out more.

  • When will I find out if the Stargazing tour will take place or not?

    The decision to cancel any tour is at the discretion of the guide who is operating the tours for that evening and will usually be made 15 minutes before the tour time but can occasionally be later as well.

    If the tour is cancelled in advance due to persisting poor weather conditions, you will be informed by one of our Stargazing guides.

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