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Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

Event details

Date and time

Fri 13 to Sun 15 October

Location

The Hermitage, Mount Cook Village

Cost

From $20 to $90

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Come and celebrate the creation of the southern hemisphere’s first International Dark Sky Reserve!

The Festival comprises a mix of scientific, educational and cultural events over three days. School students, family groups, astro-tourists and stargazers from overseas are all welcome to learn more about the stars, the night sky, the problems of light pollution and the appreciation of the environment and outer space.

Events include stargazing, lectures, a concert, an essay and poetry competition, documentaries on the night sky, a photographic exhibition, and more.

The main festival venue is the Hermitage in Mt Cook village in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, including at the Hillary Alpine Centre and Planetarium. Some events may be at nearby venues at Mt Cook, at Lake Pukaki or at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo.

Photo: Fraser Gunn

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Event details

Date and time

Fri 13 to Sun 15 October

Location

The Hermitage, Mount Cook Village

Cost

From $20 to $90

Find out more