We went for the star gazing during our trip to NZ last November and loved every minute of it. As the sunset was quite late in November, our trip started only at 12.30 AM in the morning. The experience in this trip could vary from day to day as it depends on whether the sky is cloudless on the day of your visit. Luckily we went on one of those days when the sky was very clear.
The staff were very friendly and informative and provided some very interesting facts about the Astronomy as well as about the Lake Tekapo and its surroundings as well. It was a 20 min trip uphill and total darkness thereafter as no lights are allowed in the observatory area. It was very cold but the jackets provided by the organisers kept us warm. The Astronomers were quite enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge on space and stars as much as the visitors were interested in knowing about them. However, looking at the night sky full of beautiful stars without any intervention from the artificial lights was once in a life time experience. I would love to do this trip again and again just to gaze at the beautiful night sky.
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