Dark Sky Tours

Here at Fiordland Eco-Retreat, we have one of the darkest night skies in the world.

Our minimal light pollution truly does create a star-gazer’s paradise.

As Glen is an official ‘Dark Sky Ambassador’, we can offer dark sky tours to complement your stay. He can tell you all about what makes the southern night sky so different from that in the northern hemisphere. You’ll be able to locate stars, planets and other space objects (e.g. galaxies and nebulas) using a combination of astro-binoculars, our professional telescope or even just the naked eye!

  • Minimum 2 people per tour.
  • Eco-Retreat guests only please (at this time).
  • $75 per adult, $40 per child (under 16 years).
  • Approximate duration: 1 hour.

Things to note:

Please ensure that you enquire in advance if this is something that you are interested in adding to your stay.

Tours are subject to our availability and favourable weather conditions; hopefully at least one of your nights with us will be a beautiful, clear night!

You will need warm clothing as it will be cold outside – especially in winter.

Tours won’t start until the sky gets dark, which can be as late as 11.30pm in high-summer. This may restrict our ability to offer these tours, as Glen also works full-time for the Department of Conservation. Please enquire in advance to avoid disappointment.

These night sky tours are currently available to Fiordland Eco-Retreat guests only, although this may change in the future.

Tours can easily be included in your booking – simply select the ‘optional extra’ of the Dark Sky Tour and input the number of people interested. No payment is required at the time of booking; payment will only be taken on the day of the tour.

Should you wish to add a dark sky tour onto an existing booking, please just email us.

Minimum age: 5 years old.

Prices are in NZD and are valid until 31 March 2024.