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Each Superior Lakeview Studio has a sky-window for stargazing from the comfort of your SuperKing bed. 

Each of our luxury studios enjoy absolute and uninterrupted views of Lake Tekapo, the Southern Alps and the lake’s surrounding mountain ranges.

Lakeview Tekapo is arguably the best place in New Zealand to view the Southern Cross [Crux] constellation. 

 

Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, New Zealand

New Zealand’s Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the southern hemisphere’s first dark sky reserve, and the world’s largest.

Aoraki Mackenzie is a gold-rated dark sky reserve, in recognition of the quality of the almost light-pollution-free skies of the Mackenzie Basin.

The dark sky reserve is located in the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand, and includes Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mt Cook.

The 4300sq km area is bounded by a spectacular alpine landscape with the Southern Alps in the west, and the Two Thumb Range in the east.

Mt John Observatory
Lake Tekapo is the site of New Zealand’s premier scientific astronomy observatory, Mt John Observatory.

The observatory site was chosen in 1963 for the clarity and darkness of the night sky after three years of site testing.

Mt John is operated by the University of Canterbury, and the on-site team includes astronomers from Japan’s Nagoya University. The USA and Germany have also invested in Mt John facilities.

Astro-tourism in the Mackenzie Basin
The strength of the ongoing scientific research programme and the growth of astro-photography and astro-tourism in the region were prime motivators in the proposal to establish a dark sky reserve in the Mackenzie Basin.

Tekapo’s Earth and Sky Ltd, which works closely with the University of Canterbury and Mt John, runs several day and night tours at the observatory. Experienced guides take visitors through an introduction and exploration of the night sky via hands-on experience of telescopes, astro-photography and the summit-top cafe.  

International Dark-Sky Association’s Executive Director Bob Parks remarks, "The new reserve is coming in at a ‘Gold’ level status. That means the skies there are almost totally free from light pollution. To put it simply, it is one of the best stargazing sites on Earth."

Whilst planning your South Island accommodation, whether it be in Christchurch, Timaru, Queenstown or Wanaka, consider staying over to do some stargazing in Lake Tekapo ~ you won't regret it!

Lakeview Tekapo delivers an ideal accommodation package for astro-tourism by incorporating a sky-window above your superking bed for stargazing from the warmth and comfort of your pyjamas, and superb views of Lake Tekapo, the Southern Alps and the lake's surrounding mountain ranges during the day.