So after a fabulous trip to Queenstown I have to re-iterate what some of you already likely know – it very much applies to Tekapo. You MUST book ahead for your dinners and star gazing this summer, October to April 2022/2023. This is because since the pandemic everyone is short staffed and there is huge pressure currently on hospitality in NZ (I dont know where all the staff went but in Tekapos case I suspect back to South America – we miss you all !) So here is a list of restaurants and star-gazing opportunities so you can book ahead and smugly watch everyone else get turned away while you are enjoying your dinner – ha ha.

This is particularly pertinent for weekends, holidays and pretty much any other time.

Firstly here are some road trip tips to make the best of your drive here;

Stargazing Options


Chameleon Stargazing

Astra Crux (Private tour)

Tekapo Springs

Dark Sky Project

Dinner Options

Blue Lake Eatery



Dark Sky Diner



Mackenzie Bar & Grill

Rakinui @ Peppers

Tekapo Takeaways – decent fish and chips, no phone

Lunch Options

Jack Rabbit

Greedy Cow

Astro Cafe

Four Square for Picnic Food