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Tekapo: Indoor Māori Heritage and Astronomy Experience

1. Tekapo: Indoor Māori Heritage and Astronomy Experience

Delight in a Big Bang of awe and inspiration at the Dark Sky Experience, where science, tatai aroraki (Maori astronomy), and fascinating multimedia installations are brought together for a sensual treat. Change your outlook on the universe in the best way possible on this 45-minute guided tour. Enjoy your guide's thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining commentary at this truly unique place. During your tour, get up close to the newly-restored Brashear telescope, one of the world's most famous Victorian telescopes. A must-do for all visitors to Lake Tekapo, this immersive daytime experience is a place for people to connect, to discover, and to be inspired, with the aim of empowering others to make a difference to dark sky preservation.

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4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

I really enjoyed the mix of astronomy and matauranga Maori. So fascinating. And beautifully presented.

I really enjoyed the talk, informative and entertaining. Was a wee bit longer than I anticipated.

2 english grandsons enjoyed it a bit long for them but they learnt a lot.

Excellent experience to understand the basic knowledge of galaxies