Tekapo Opening Day Sunrise

Grand Opening Astronomy Center at Takapō (Tekapo)

3 July 2019


The 1st of July marked an important day for the Cook Brothers Construction team. Together with Sheppard & Rout ArchitectsDark Sky ProjectNgāi Tahu Tourism and our valued Trade Partners our team was privileged to see the sunrise on the opening of the Astronomy Center at Takapō (Tekapo).

Mana whenua from Arowhenua, Waihao and Moeraki rūnanga blessed the building named Rehua, while Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, opened the new experience. Our Cook Brothers Construction team were privillaged to be among the first to view the Center and its attractions, with the Brasher Telescope a real feature of the new 1140sqm building on the Tekapo lakefront.

With visual effects, presentations, interactive features and stories connecting the audience to the history and life of the night sky - this attraction is sure to impress. This fully immersive dark sky experience combines Māori astronomy and science is a joint venture between Ngāi Tahu Tourism and co-founders Graeme Murray and Hide Ozawa. The Centre also features a Dark Sky Diner, and offers astro-tourism evening stargazing experiences.

This incredible project holds a special place in our team's hearts especially as it stands to protect the purest night skies in the world. Congratulations to all those involved.