The small township of Tekapo sits on the shores of the remarkable turquoise-coloured Lake Tekapo, within the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve. It is a popular destination with stargazers from all around the world and is home to the Mount John Observatory. From early next year (2017) there will be a new way to enjoy the spectacular night sky in one of the world’s best stargazing locations.
At the Tekapo Springs hot pool complex, guests will be able to navigate the Southern night sky’s bright stars and constellations from the warmth and comfort of hot pools. They can enjoy an after-hours soak (from 9.30pm onwards) whilst listening to relaxing background “astro music”, as qualified “Star Guides” point out the brightest features in the night sky.
Once guests have enjoyed the pools, they will be invited to get closer to the stars and planets by looking through two new 9.25 aperture Celestron telescopes sitting on the patio outside the complex’s Tahr Bar & Café.
Tours are scheduled to start early 2017. They will be 1.25 to 1.5 hours long and will run throughout the year.
This night sky video gives you a taste of stargazing at the complex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaDZkxnF7bM&feature=youtu.be