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Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 15 October 2017 | Canterbury

The Festival will comprise a mix of scientific, educational and cultural events over three days, designed to attract school students, family groups and members of the public and astro-tourists and stargazers from overseas who are interested in learning more about the stars, the night sky, the problems of light pollution and the appreciation of the environment and outer space. 

The events will include stargazing, lectures, planetarium shows, a tour of Mt John University Observatory, documentaries on the night sky, a photographic exhibition, solar scopes and more. 

Some events will be free, while others will have a nominal charge.

The events


The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board in partnership with the University of Canterbury.


The main Festival venue will be the Hermitage, 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

12:00am Fri 13 October, 2017 - 11:59pm Sun 15 October, 2017