Stars and Pools: Tekapo Getaway

3 Days

From NZD 660 per person

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Getaway Summary

  • Location: Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District
  • 2 nights/3 days
  • Accommodation in a charming chalet
  • Entry to Tekapo Springs hot pools, sauna and steam bath
  • 1h spa treatment per person
  • Star-gazing on Mt John Observatory at night

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When you think of Tekapo, the first things that come to mind are the curiously blue lake, star-gazing and hot pools (ok, and the Church of the Good Shepherd and Lupin flowers in spring). This Tekapo getaway package encompasses the highlights that make Tekapo the popular and at the same time super-charming place that it is. Get pampered to no end at Tekapo Springs, get a close view of the starry night sky and stay in a charming chalet with incredible lake views! 

See the stars of the Southern Hemisphere in a new light

Tekapo is the largest accredited International Dark Sky Reserve in the world. This means that even in town, you’ll be able to see the stars in the night sky brighter than in any other town. Now imagine just how dark it is on the top of a mountain and how bright you can see the stars sparkle from there! Late at night (depending on when it gets dark it can be later or earlier), your tour takes you up to Mt John Observatory at 1029m above sea level. The knowledgeable guides tell you everything about the stars of the Southern Hemisphere, the Milky Way and which planets you can see. Then you head inside the observatory and get a good peak at the stars and planets through the professionally used telescopes.  

Relaxing day at Tekapo Springs

Enjoy a day of full-on pampering at Tekapo Springs. The three hot pools soothe your tense muscles after too much working for too long. In between, cool off in one of the two cooler pools (one of them is adults-only). After some soaking, it’s time for your spa treatment. Let the massage therapist knead your muscles in a 1-hour Swedish massage that will leave you ultra-relaxed. Round off your day with some time in the sauna and steam bath and one more round of hot pools. You’ll sleep so well tonight! 

Your Tekapo Accommodation: Chalet Tekapo

Chalet Tekapo is a hidden gem in the heart of town and the lovely owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome in their little slice of heaven. 

Only a couple of minutes walk from the Church of the Good Shepherd, most Tekapo attractions and restaurants can be reached on foot. Leave your car parked up and enjoy that one drink more.

Sit in a secluded spot in the charming garden surrounded by flowers with a great view of stunning Lake Tekapo. 

You stay in a lovely studio room with a super king-size bed (can be split into twin beds), ensuite bathroom and fully functional kitchenette with hot plates. 

The chalet can accommodate up to 8 people in an apartment, which will be great for a relaxing getaway with the girls.

Do you need a rental car to get to Tekapo? Not a problem, we can arrange one for you. Just let us know in the enquiry. 


  • 2 nights at Chalet Tekapo in a Studio Room
  • The Summit Experience (Mt John) with Dark Sky Projects
  • Tekapo Springs: 1-day multi-entry pass, sauna & steam bath and 1h Swedish Massage

Not Included

  • Other meals and drinks
  • Entry fee to other attractions or activities

Package price per person is based on 2 people

Weekend Getaways NZ
Payment for our packaged getaway is due at the time of confirmation/invoice. Cancellations & amendments to bookings must be made 72h prior to travel dates. Any cancellations after this date will be non-refundable. Some operators may have stricter rules, in which case they will be mentioned below.

Dark Sky Project
Dark Sky Project is unable to guarantee full clarity, ideal skies, or visibility of certain objects on its outdoor experiences. The Summit Experience is weather dependent. In the event that the guiding team lead determines no stargazing is possible due to inclement weather conditions, customers are offered the options below;

  • An alternative indoor tour in our purpose-built technological experience. This will be an hour in duration, at the value of $39.00 per adult, $19.00 per child. If you choose to join this tour, you will then be refunded the balance of your original ticket price.
  • Transfer to a later departure the same night, another date of your choice (subject to availability).
  • Open date your booking valid from the date of your cancelled booking (“credit voucher”, valid 12 months)


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