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Do you have Cottages for more than two people?

Sorry, no we don’t. Each cottage has only one bedroom with a king sized bed.  You can book both cottages exclusively though, if you are friends or family travelling together.


Can I bring children to Night Sky Cottages?

Unfortunately not, we cannot accommodate children in either of the cottages, this includes new-borns & infants.

Can I bring my pet to Night Sky Cottages?

No, sorry I’m afraid not.

What time is check in & check out?

Check in: 3pm;  Check out: 10am.

Where possible, we will try to accommodate alternate timings.

How many nights should I stay?

We recommend 2 or 3 nights at least as this allows you to really relax and make the most of your experience and also enjoy exploring the surrounding high country. Most guests say one night is not enough and they wish they’d stayed longer!

How far is it to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park from Night Sky Cottages?

Not many people know this but Twizel is the closest town to Aoraki/Mt Cook. You can also see Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain from many locations around the village. It’s 65km to the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park which should take about 45 minutes. But be prepared for a number of photo stops along  the way, the drive alongside Lake Pukaki is spectacular.

What are the driving times from Christchurch & Queenstown airports to Twizel (not allowing for rest & photo stops)

Christchurch airport – 3.5 hrs 282km

Queenstown airport – 2.5hrs 195km

How far are Night Sky Cottages form Twizel village?

Night Sky Cottages are located just 2.5km from Twizel’s Market Square but they're located in the countryside with stunning views of the nearby mountain ranges.

Where is the closest grocery store?

Twizel has two small supermarkets. The Mackenzie Four Square is the larger of the two and is located beside the carpark in Market Square, the slightly smaller Twizel Four Square is located on Tasman Road, opposite the Top Hut Bar.

Are BBQs available at Night Sky Cottages?

There are no BBQs available at Night Sky Cottages as the Mackenzie region has a very high fire risk. But both cottages have a full sized & fully equipped kitchen.

How dark will it be at Night Sky Cottages?

Very dark! And especially on a moonless night. The cottages are located beneath the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve afterall. The darker it is the better for  viewing the stars and especially the Milky Way.

Will I see the Aurora Australis?

Mackenzie Country is one of New Zealand’s  top locations  to see the Aurora Australis (aka the Southern Lights). An aurora can happen at any time of the day or night and during any month of the year although the crisp clear atmosphere & long dark nights of winter make for the best viewing. The Aurora Australis can be seen from Night Sky Cottages dancing on the southern horizon.

What time of year am I most likely to see a hoar frost?

Hoar frosts generally occur once or twice during the months of June & July when fog settles in the Mackenzie Basin and freezes the moisture in the air. This turns everything into a beautiful white winter wonderland. Usually the fog lifts at night when the air is cooler and can roll in again as the sun comes up.

What time of year am I most likely to see snow?

Snow falls at Night Sky Cottages three or four times every winter (June to  August) but is not usually on the ground around the cottages for too long. Occasionally there will be a big dump of snow that might take 3-4 days to clear. This shouldn’t impede access to the cottages & the snow plough will clear Glen Lyon Road first thing in the morning.