Dark Sky Project

+64 3 680 6960| [email protected]| www.darkskyproject.co.nz 1 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Located in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Takapo (Tekapo) is one of the quietest spots on the planet yet it has one of the busiest night skies in the universe.

Dark Sky Project are proud to be world-leaders in astro-tourism and offer a range of stargazing and observatory experiences at exclusive locations in this world-renowned stargazing destination including the world renowned University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, the Church of the Good Shepherd and Cowan’s Observatory.

Dark Sky Project is the ultimate place to reflect, to discover and to be inspired. Join an evening tour at these exclusive locations and take in the stunning surrounds, pristine night skies and premier destinations with the expert guides. Discover the night sky during the day with the new world-first indoor multi-media astronomy experience that combines tatai aroraki (Maori astronomy) and science

During the day, sit back and relax at Dark Sky Project’s two exquisite eateries. Enjoy a refreshment at the Astro Café whilst taking in the stunning surrounds from the summit of Mt John and overlook the picturesque Lake Tekapo as you dine at Dark Sky Diner.

Departure times vary. Bookings are advised.

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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a grade 2-3 (easy to intermediate) cycle trail. There are a variety of trail surfaces. Riders are advised to take certain essentials with them (e.g. first aid, repair kit, water, food). Parts of the trail pass through alpine environments, where conditions can change.

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Getting Here

Located in the South Island of New Zealand, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, is the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. It is recommended that you start your ride from Aoraki/Mt Cook - though there are numerous access points along the trail from which to start or end your ride.

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Trail Details & Map

Each of the 9 maps show the elevation, trail surfaces, fitness, skill, traffic, safety notes, and highlights. Please consult the maps to ensure you are prepared for what you'll encounter on each section. Some sections are easy, others more difficult.

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See & Do

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