Night Sky Experience

Gaze into space in one of the world’s best dark sky reserves

Public tour NZ$75 per person, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights

Private tour per group 1-6 people, NZ$250

Private tour per group 7-12 people, NZ$400

Lakestone Lodge is one of the best places in the world to see the Milky Way – our grounds are in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, so no man-made lights or passing airplanes will interrupt your view.

In our accessible facility, you’ll lie back in a recliner chair, snug in a warm woollen blanket with hot mulled wine, chocolate, tea or coffee for a guided tour of the Milky Way.

Kick back, relax and you might get to see the following features with your naked eye without the impact of light pollution:       

  • More stars than most people have ever seen in their lives
  • The mind-blowing glow of billions of stars
  • Shooting stars
  • Satellites passing overhead
  • Planets
  • The Southern Cross
  • The Milky Way
  • Constellations
  • Other galaxies
  • No airplanes overhead at night here
  • Craters on the moon, the rings of Saturn and/or Jupiter and up to 4 moons orbiting Jupiter using a powerful telescope (when the moon is visible)

 

Your guide will point out all the highlights of the southern sky with a special laser pointer, teach you how to navigate using the stars and share interesting stories and facts.

The best times to visit

When the moon is full or near full, it floods the night sky with reflected sunlight and makes the fainter stars impossible to see with the naked eye. You’ll have the best experience in winter during the new moon

Tours will be confirmed at 8 pm on the night. If cancelled due to cloud cover there will be no charge/full refund. Staying with us for three to four nights will give you the best chance at an uninterrupted view of the stars.

Below is a schedule of tour times and the best time to see the stars

***** = Excellent 
****  = OK - most faint stars are still visible
***    = Faint stars are hard to see, ideally visit Lakestone at another time
**     = Only the brightest stars are visible, ideally visit Lakestone at another time
*      = The worst time to see the night sky, ideally visit Lakestone at another time

***** 2022 May 01 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 May 03 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 May 05 Thursday 8:45pm  

**      2022 May 08 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 May 10 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 May 12 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 May 15 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 May 17 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 May 19 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

***** 2022 May 22 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 May 24 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 May 26 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 May 29 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 May 31 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 June 02 Thursday 8:45pm  

***    2022 June 05 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is bright

***    2022 June 07 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is bright

**      2022 June 09 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 June 12 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 June 14 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 June 16 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

***** 2022 June 19 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 June 21 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 June 23 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 June 26 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 June 28 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 June 30 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 July 03 Sunday 8:45pm  

****  2022 July 05 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is bright

***    2022 July 07 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 July 10 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 July 12 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 July 14 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

***** 2022 July 17 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 July 19 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 July 21 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 July 24 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 July 26 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 July 28 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 July 31 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 August 02 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***    2022 August 04 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is bright

**      2022 August 07 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 August 09 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 August 11 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 August 14 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

***** 2022 August 16 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 August 18 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 August 21 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 August 23 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 August 25 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 August 28 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 August 30 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***    2022 September 01 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is bright

**      2022 September 04 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 September 06 Tuesday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 September 08 Thursday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 September 11 Sunday 8:45pm - The moon is very bright

***** 2022 September 13 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 September 15 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 September 18 Sunday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 September 20 Tuesday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 September 22 Thursday 8:45pm  

***** 2022 September 25 Sunday 9:00pm  

***** 2022 September 27 Tuesday 9:00pm  

***** 2022 September 29 Thursday 9:00pm  

***    2022 October 02 Sunday 9:00pm - The moon is bright

**      2022 October 04 Tuesday 9:00pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 October 06 Thursday 9:30pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 October 09 Sunday 9:30pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 October 11 Tuesday 9:30pm - The moon is very bright

***** 2022 October 13 Thursday 9:30pm  

***** 2022 October 16 Sunday 9:30pm  

***** 2022 October 18 Tuesday 9:30pm  

***** 2022 October 20 Thursday 9:30pm  

***** 2022 October 23 Sunday 9:30pm  

***** 2022 October 25 Tuesday 10:00pm  

***** 2022 October 27 Thursday 10:00pm  

***    2022 October 30 Sunday 10:00pm - The moon is bright

**      2022 November 01 Tuesday 10:00pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 November 03 Thursday 10:00pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 November 06 Sunday 10:00pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 November 08 Tuesday 10:30pm - The moon is very bright

**      2022 November 10 Thursday 10:30pm - The moon is very bright

***  2022 November 13 Sunday 10:30pm  Late, long twilight = not as dark

***  2022 November 15 Tuesday 10:30pm  Late, long twilight = not as dark

***  2022 November 17 Thursday 10:30pm  Late, long twilight = not as dark

***  2022 November 20 Sunday 10:30pm  Late, long twilight = not as dark

***  2022 November 22 Tuesday 11:00pm  Late, long twilight = not as dark

***  2022 November 24 Thursday 11:00pm  Late, long twilight = not as dark

***  2022 November 27 Sunday 11:00pm  Late, long twilight = not as dark

**      2022 November 29 Tuesday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is bright

*        2022 December 01 Thursday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is very bright

*        2022 December 04 Sunday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is very bright

*        2022 December 06 Tuesday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is very bright

*        2022 December 08 Thursday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is very bright

*        2022 December 11 Sunday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is very bright

**      2022 December 13 Tuesday 11:00pm - Late, long twilight = not as dark

**      2022 December 15 Thursday 11:00pm - Late, long twilight = not as dark

**      2022 December 18 Sunday 11:00pm - Late, long twilight = not as dark

**      2022 December 20 Tuesday 11:00pm - Late, long twilight = not as dark

**      2022 December 22 Thursday 11:00pm - Late, long twilight = not as dark

**      2022 December 25 Sunday 11:00pm - Late, long twilight = not as dark

*        2022 December 27 Tuesday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is bright

*        2022 December 29 Thursday 11:00pm - Late and the moon is bright