Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

The Hermitage and Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

Announcing the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival.

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Festival Multi Pass -SOLD OUT
Festival Multi Pass- Friday-SOLD OUT
Festival Multi Pass- Saturday- SOLD OUT
Planetarium shows- Friday and Saturday - SOLD OUT
Galileoscope workshop - SOLD OUT
Opening Ceremony- SOLD OUT

Where: The Hermitage, Mt Cook Village (with some events at neighbouring venues, including Mt Cook airport and Lake Pukaki).

When: Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

Why:The Festival will celebrate the creation of the southern hemisphere’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, in the Mackenzie Basin and at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island.

The events

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.

Highlighted festival Events


國際天文學聯合會 張師良先生主講

地點 - Callesen Planetarium and Theatre
時間 - 10月13日(星期五)下午 3.30 – 4.30


講座內容:光害或光污染是一個悠久的問題,但近年光污染的情況因為LED的普及而變得嚴重。LED的設計是為了降低能源的消耗,但它的光線以藍光為主,對天文、人類健康及大自然都構成極大的威脅。講者還會討論一起我們可以進行保護黑夜的行動,和他自身在一個極度光污染嚴重的城市 - 香港所進行光污染保育工作的經驗。


Pukaki Observatory Astrophotography Workshop and Social Hour with Mark Gee.

Venue: Pukaki Observatory, which is located at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, NZ Luxury Lodge, 86 Mt Cook Road, Lake Pukaki. (35 minutes from the Hermitage on SH80; entrance is 800 m from SH8).

Time: 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm, Sunday 15 October

Hosts: Luke and Kaye Paardekooper, with Wellington astro-photographer, Mark Gee

Tickets: $55 (includes wine and nibbles)

Join us for a small group astrophotography workshop with Mark Gee including: wine and nibbles in the wine cellar, telescope viewing; and hands on photography. Bring your camera and warm clothes.

The venue

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.

The organizers

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

More information

Contact: John Hearnshaw,
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Canterbury

Visit this website for further Starlight Festival news as the Festival programme is developed.

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