English (MultiLingual Option) Star Gazing Tour
- Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Lake Tekapo, South Canterbury
- Product code: TSGT1M
Please note that this tour is most suitable for younger children (12 and under) and families with multiple children. This is our earlier tour and if you would like to book our later tour, you can do this here: http://tekapostargazing.co.nz/english-speaking/
Please also note that the later tour is usually only offered in English. We hope to be able to offer all tours in multiple languages in the near future. The exception to this is the month of February when all tours will be offered in multiple languages for the Chinese New Year holiday period.
This Tekapo Star Gazing tour is conducted in both English and Mandarin simultaneously using a state-of-the-art live translation system (other languages may also be available, please inquire by email to email@example.com) and includes 45 minute of guided astronomy and story telling about the main features of the southern night sky. We will enlighten, inspire and fascinate you with what the night sky means for Maori, European, and other cultures from a mythological and navigational perspective. This tour will either operate outdoors using both the naked eye as well as three high-powered telescopes to get you up close and personal with the planets, galaxies and stars that are most prominent at the particular time of the year you are doing the tour, OR, we will give an exciting indoor guided tour using our large high definition projector screen with amazing full-colour astrophotography and video. Similar tour content will be delivered whether the tour is outdoors or indoors.
Night sky visibility will determine whether the guided portion of the tour is conducted outside or inside. Tours will operate outside with a partially cloudy sky if we can still see some stars. If the sky is completely covered with cloud, we will move to the indoor guided tour.
Once the formal 45 minute guided story telling part of the tour is done, we then invite you into the hot pools for 45 minutes where the lighting will be turned down, beautiful relaxing music will be played, and you can lie back on our floating hammocks and relax. Guides will also be present around the pools to answer any questions and tell more stories about the beautiful night skies.
The tour will end after an approx 45 minute soak in the pools. Tour times allow for a 10 minute change of clothing before and after your hot pool experience. Customers will be notified when the tour is finishing and be asked to vacate the hot pools to get changed. Courtesy vans will depart after the tour has finished.
Please remember to bring your swimwear and a towel.