Astrophotography & stargazing tours

Astrophotography & Stargazing Tours from $180 | 3.5 hours

Are you looking for Tekapo’s ultimate astrophotography and stargazing experience? Awesome, you’re in the right spot.

Developed by the legend himself, astrophotographer Fraser Gunn has put together a tour that is out of this world. Pun intended! We pair night sky photography and stargazing within this exclusive (we’re talking only FOUR people per tour!) 3.5-hour experience. You’ll learn about the fundamentals of astrophotography and deep sky objects using both telescopes and digital cameras and experience a rare sight; the night sky in an International Dark Sky Reserve! This tour is pure magic if you are wanting to learn or extend your astrophotography skills.

Tours will be customised depending on the weather conditions and what you wants to do. This could include wide-angle imagery of the scenery and night sky, imagery of the milky way or constellations, capturing star trails or night time-lapse animations. We will also be offering the opportunity to capture deep sky images through a telescope (available for customers with Canon DSLR’s). And to top it off, we’ll also help you process the images post-capture.

If you have your own DLSR camera, that’s awesome. If not, no worries. You can use ours. Our guide will be on hand the entire time to ensure you are fully immersed in the experience above you and through the lens. We’ll even take a few photos of our own and give you a digital copy to share with your friends and family, and of course, on social media.

The location of our astrophotography & stargazing tour is truly stunning. Get ready for incredible 360° views over 25,000 acres nestled in the gold rated Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. This is the perfect spot for capturing photos of the Milky Way, the Southern Lights, planets and many stellar objects.

Some important info:

Tours depart on selected days and are accompanied by an expert guide. A full-blown tutorial will be given on how to take the best photos and time-lapse videos using the sky features available that night. At the moment DSLR cameras are recommended. Questions are definitely welcome, so come with heaps!

Please note:  Your credit card will be charged in NZD. Astrophotography tours are limited to adults (16+) only. Photos taken during the tour will be uploaded to our public Flickr account for you to access and download. We will occasionally use these photos on our social media platforms and website to showcase the tour experience. Participation in tour photos is voluntary. 

For our cancellation policy please read our Terms & Conditions.

Looking to explore our night sky without a camera? Check out our Stargazing tours.