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"A wonderful experience!" I am into astronomy so we took advantage of the on site observatory to view the southern skies which was the first time for me..great!  The viewing of which continued in the dark skies at the Villa, the Milky Way was stunning.  

Located in the the gold level Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve, the Retreat and onsite Pukaki Observatory is perfectly located to explore one of the darkest skies in the world.  The observatory is well equipped with a 6" refractor telescope, you can take a closer look at far away objects such as Saturn, Jupiter and its moons, clusters, nebula and constellations.  

Imagine sitting in the hot tub stargazing under this amazingly dark sky with only the stars above and the silence of the mountains surrounding you!  Whether viewing from the hot tub or observatory you will be entranced.

Bring your camera for some amazing astrophotography opportunities.
We have recently developed an Aurora Australis viewing spot where, in the right conditions, you can see and photograph this amazing phenomenon. 

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Experience the stars

Join us for a unique dark sky experience in the Pukaki Observatory and adjoining wine cellar.
Starting in the wine cellar you will be treated to refreshments and nibbles whilst being introduced to the Dark Sky Reserve features. 

Then moving through to the Observatory, view the Milky Way Galaxy, stars and planets through our telescope or explore your astrophotography skills.

This is a stellar experience and is a unique opportunity to stargaze in this world class dark sky reserve.  

$115 per person or included in our package offer

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View Aurora Australis 

When conditions are right, walk the onsite historic race to the Aurora Australis viewing spot.

Explore Deep Space 

Learn how to photograph deep space objects during the Wine Cellar Observatory Experience.

Experience the wine cellar 

Enjoy our best local wines or a tot of old whiskey.

Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
86 Mt Cook Road (SH80)

Lake Pukaki

+64 274 370 820  || 0800 238 362 (NZ only)

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