Observation Rock

The most accessible viewpoint within Rakiura Dark Sky Sanctuary to enjoy the night sky.

Contact details

Observation Rock path from near 48 Excelsior Road
Oban Stewart Island

+64 3 219 0009

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Opening hours

24 hours

Summer solstice (DEC) sunset around 9:40pm

Winter solstice (JUN) sunset around 5:05pm

What's on offer

No formal tours here - pickup a Rakiura DarkSky brochure.

Most likely place in NZ to see the (unpredictable) Aurora Australis. Winter is best as in mid-summer the sky is only dark enough for a few hours around 1 a.m.

Take care in the dark as (at time of publication) there is no railing at the edge of the rock viewing platform.

(Phone number, email, and website is for Dept. of Conservation who manage the park around Observation Rock. They do not offer guided tours.)

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