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Crater Experience at Cowan's Observatory

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    Stop At: Dark Sky Project, 1 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand

    Allow one of our astronomy guides to introduce you to the southern night sky. Take a look through our telescopes at Cowan’s hill and discover a few hidden secrets throughout the Milky Way. This tour is perfect for your first stargazing experience, and will only operate if the sky is clear enough to see some of our southern night sky objects.

    The facilities we keep at Cowan's Observatory are similar to what you'd be using on Mt John, but the tour is a little shorter. It is a dark sky location just like Mount John. Cowan's observatory is closer to the township, offering a more sheltered environment. This makes it a great choice for families. Warm clothing is essential, all year round.
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    Departure Point
    1 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    Start times vary and will be advised upon booking confirmation
    Duration
    1h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Professional guide
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Dress warm all year round
    • A minimum of 2 people per tour is required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The Crater Experience was the biggest disappointment for any tour or activity we’ve done in New Zealand over the last 3 weeks! The tour has a maximum of 22 people on it and we were fully subscribed. This meant there were 22 people for 2 / 3 guides and only 3 telescopes. The
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    I was bought tickets for the star gazing experience at Tekapo as a birthday treat. It was rather disappointing that as it was a beautifully clear starry night that the tour guide could not manage to operate the 2 telescopes in the "crater". The one telescope that I had a look
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    Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Crater Experience at Cowan's Observatory
    Responded 4 days ago
    Kia ora JohnR9681, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We have been in contact with our team to understand this technical issue and have been reassured that this was a once-off technical glitch that was urgently fixed. We are incredibly apologetic that this happened – in addition to the refund offered, our customer services team will be in contact to discuss this with you further. It is certainly not the standard Dark Sky Project experience that we pride ourselves on. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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    The telescopes were useless. One has no automatic tracking on it so it constantly needed to be readjusted and people ended up not seeing or bothering to see. People ended up sitting down waiting for the ride back. The big telescope did not work at all. What an absolute
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    Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Crater Experience at Cowan's Observatory
    Responded 4 days ago
    Kia ora Lynda415, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We have been in contact with our team to understand this technical issue and have been reassured that this was a once-off technical glitch that was urgently fixed. We are incredibly apologetic that this happened – in addition to the refund offered, our customer services team will be in contact to discuss this with you further. It is certainly not the standard Dark Sky Project experience that we pride ourselves on. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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    My two teenage daughters, myself and my husband went along to the star gazing night with no expectations. And wow!!! What a night!! Adrian, our tour guide, shared his endless enthusiasm and deep knowledge on astronomy with all of us. I am nearly 50 years old...and I learnt more
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    Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Crater Experience at Cowan's Observatory
    Responded 7 Oct 2019
    Kia ora dee170770, Thank you for taking the time to write such an awesome review for us! We really appreciate it. So glad to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience with us and learning about our night sky from our knowledgeable guide - I will be sure to pass your comments onto the team. We are pleased to hear that we were able to provide you with an experience to remember. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit us at Dark Sky Project. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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    Impromptu booking of the  Carter experience as it was a clear night. It was amazing from start to finish. Extremely passionate and informative staff who explained everything really well. Provide you with warm jackets and tea and coffee is available although we were too busy star
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    Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Intern at Crater Experience at Cowan's Observatory
    Responded 10 Sep 2019
    Kia ora jamesgO2960SV, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us, it is always great to receive feedback of this nature. We are over the moon to hear that you had a magical and memorable experience at our Crater Experience. It's fantastic to hear that your tour was one of the highlights from your New Zealand trip and you had a perfect night for stargazing. So glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about the night sky from our passionate and knowledgeable guides. Once again, thank for taking the time to tell us about your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back the next time you're in New Zealand. Safe travels. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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    • Duration: 1h 15m
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