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Tekapo Star Gazing: Set to See a Stellar Start!

Tekapo Springs are excited to bring a fun and intriguing new sightseeing experience to introduce residents and visitors of the Mackenzie region to the fabulous southern night sky: Tekapo Star Gazing! Running up to three 2-hour tours per night, this unique experience introduces guests to several stunning night sky objects over the course of a 40-minute guided tour.


Depending on visibility and season these may include various planets, the Coalsack Nebula – a mystifying dark cloud obscuring parts of the Milky Way galaxy – and the Crux constellation, more commonly known as the Southern Cross – the same stars which guided sailors like Abel Tasman and Captain James Cook in their voyages to Aotearoa New Zealand – as well as many more! You will also hear about the incredible mythology associated with the night sky by worldwide cultures, from the local Maori legends to the thoughts of the ancient Greeks.

Enjoy a fascinating and informative tour of the night sky outdoors using our three high-powered telescopes. If the weather doesn’t permit this, we have a beautiful high-definition virtual tour delivered in the cosy space of our Tahr Bar and Café by our talented guides.  Drinks and snacks can be purchased so make sure you take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service from our town based Tekapo Star Gazing office! This will be followed by a supremely relaxing 50-minute soak in any of our five hot pools accompanied by astro-themed music and dim lighting designed to allow your eyes to adjust and make the most of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve around Lake Tekapo.

Your tour guides will stay with your group through this part of the experience and will be available to answer any questions you might have, and you will be supplied with a floating chair to make gazing up at the night sky even more easy and enjoyable. The whole family can enjoy these tours with our Child, Adult, Senior and Family passes and the 10pm tour is ideal for those with younger children – the fun of the pools will wear them out for an easy bedtime!

Tours run nightly with English & Chinese speaking available.

Starting from 9:30pm with free shuttle service from our Tekapo town office.


Adult (16+ yrs) - $89

Senior (60+ yrs) - $79

Child (6 – 15 yrs) - $49

Family (2 adults & 3 children) - $292

To make a booking please go to

Our terms and conditions & cancellation policy are available on our website

Now Hiring- Administrative Assistant & Day Spa Manager

(We're hiring!) update: positions filled

Are you looking for work or know anyone who'd like to join the Tekapo Springs team? We're hiring for:

•Administrator Assistant – 30 hour permanent position – apply to Eliana for job description :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

•Day Spa manager – 40 hour salary permanent position – apply to Jenny for job description, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We're looking to hire as soon as possible, so get those cv's in!

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Top 5 Experiences at Tekapo Springs

Top 5 Experiences at Tekapo Springs

Tekapo Springs is an award-winning destination with something for everyone. Whether you're in the mood to relax or want a bit of recreation, we have you covered. In efforts to be a year-round destination, we wanted to create activities and an atmosphere that's fun and inviting. Once you take a look at our view, you can see why! For those who haven't been here, take a look at our top 5 experiences below!

Hot Pools

We have five hotpools to choose from, all ranging in temperature and size. Last year we added two cooler pools, the Macaulay Kid's Aqua Play + Pool, and the Godley Deep Pool. The Kid's Aqua Play offers interactive water features, cooler water temps for those hot sunny days, and an adjoined pool so parents can soak while they're kids go crazy! The Godley Deep Pool is great for those who want to swim a bit or maybe dive into the cool water. Don't worry if you want to be kid free, we have our adults only Tekapo Pool at the top, boasting the best view and hottest temps. Trust us, it's pure relaxation! To purchase your pool passes, click here.

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TRIPPO Waterslide

When the ice melts on our ice rink, we immediately start preparing for the ultimate summer activity; our TRIPPO waterslide. This bad boy stands 11 metres high with three chutes, and is 150 metres long. To say it's a big slide is an understatement. Walk the stairs to the top, choose from three different slides and jump on! You can choose to go with friends, family, or solo. Go backwards or face-first for the ultimate adrenaline rush. TRIPPO opens early December 2016.

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Glacial Day Spa

For complete relaxation, our Glacial Day Spa has the answers. With treatments ranging from deep tissue massages to facials to mani/pedi's, our spa is a one-stop shop for revialisation. Our newest skincare product comes from Moana, a 100% certified organic New Zealand made brand that only uses native botanicals and products. It's a complete revitilisation treatment that's never been done before. To book in a day spa treatment or view our services, click here.

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Snow Tube Park

Open from early July to early October, our Snow Tube Park is one of our main attractions. The 150m snowy slope is a big hit with kids and adults. Go solo, tandem or in a big group. Take the magic carpet up to the top of the hill and do it all over again. Each pass is valid for an hour, giving you plenty of time to mix up your tubing style! 

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Ice Rink

Our international-sized rink is a open April-September every year. From hockey tournaments to private lessons to school field trips, our rink is used for just about everything in the winter. On the weekends we pull out the disco ball, bright laser lights and funk music for our ice discos. Come along and be in to win spot prizes of all sorts. If you're not a fan of skating, we have curling sessions available for eight pax or more. To read more info on our rink and passes, click here.

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Bonus: A meal at our Tahr Bar & Cafe!

Nothing beats a patio overlooking the lake in the summer and a crackling fire in the winter. Good news for you, we have it all! Our fully-liscensed bar & cafe is a great place to take a break in between your recreation and relaxation. A full menu is available as well as sweet treats, coffees, and smoothies. To look over the current menu, click here.



We Won!

We are super excited to have won the Innovation & Technology Award at the South Canterbury Business Excellence Awards! The technology we use to heat our pools and cool our ice rink is not only energy efficient and environmentally friendly, it's a money saver too! To listen to our owner Karl talk about our water system, watch the video below. His talk is at 1:16 :)


Now Hiring-Activities Manager

That's right! We're hiring. We are looking for a superstar Activities Supervisor to join our awesome team. We are on the hunt for an experienced Activities Supervisor who is flexible, reliable and committed-who has teh ability and knowledge to hit the ground running. With this position, you will lead a team of lifeguards responsible for providing an enjoyable and safe swimming experience for our customers; and rink attendants and snow tube park/waterslides, overseeing a snow park and ice rink; as a supervisor, manage the environments to Tekapo Springs and industry standards. 

For more information, email our Activities & HR Manager Kate here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.