"A wonderful experience!" I am into astronomy so we took advantage of the on site observatory to view the southern skies which was the first time for me..great! The viewing of which continued in the dark skies at the Villa, the Milky Way was stunning.
When conditions are right, walk the onsite historic race to the Aurora Australis viewing spot.
Learn how to photograph deep space objects during the Wine Cellar Observatory Experience.
Enjoy our best local wines or a tot of old whiskey.
Well are not able to predict the weather, but we do know the when the moon whill be in a specific phase. A full moon means the sky is bright and and viewing of the dark sky is not optimal. CLICK HERE to check when these moon phases occur in New Zealand.
'Yesterday afternoon we hiked around the property and discovered some really wonderful views of the Lake and Mt Cook. By late afternoon we were content to relax on the porch enjoying the expansive valley and Mountain View’s. The dinner prepared by the staff was delicious and very fresh. In the evening we enjoyed some music with their WiFi speaker by the fireplace. After dark, Luke stopped by and we went to the wine cellar to gaze at the stars. We were able to connect Jeannette’s camera to the telescope and we took fantastic pictures of several far away galaxies and sun clusters. Luke was very knowledgeable and also a pleasure to speak with during the evening. All said, a very enjoyable stay and I would recommend this place.' - Moraine Villa Guest, Jan 2020