Join us for a unique, breathtaking stargazing experience at Cardrona this winter.
Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, the Cardrona Valley offers some of the best conditions on Earth for stargazing. Not only does it have a dark sky with minimal light pollution, but it’s far enough south to have a great vantage point to view the famous Southern Sky, & you may even see the Southern Lights!
Our alpine stargazing tour consists of two parts:
The first part is a naked eye astronomy tour. Your guide will talk about the night sky specific to our location in New Zealand. You’ll cover highlights of the Southern Sky, constellations, movements of planets, celestial navigation, & general information about what can be seen without the aid of a telescope.
In the second half of the tour, you’ll use our top of the line portable telescope to see (when visible):
Star clusters & nebulae
The Highlands, Maria & craters of our Moon
The moons of Jupiter (on the first tour of the night)
Rings of Saturn
Your guide will explain what you’re looking at, & why it’s so cool!
Cardrona is ideally placed between Queenstown & Wanaka so that it has very little light pollution – easily accessible from both towns but remote enough to show pristine views of the Southern night sky.
Schedule & pricing
Stargazing at Cardrona runs throughout Winter 2019
We run one tour per night, meeting at 8pm in the Ticket Office
Tour is an hour & a half long
Dinner in Mezz is a three-course set menu at 7pm
Transport is available from Wanaka departing at 6.15pm & Queenstown departing at 5.45pm
You can also jump on the shuttle from the bottom of the Cardrona mountain road at 6.30pm
Mandarin speaking tours available
The schedule is subject to change & weather conditions
The last tour for Winter 2019 will be on October 14.
Stargazing 2019 Pricing
Tour & dinner package
Transport is included if you purchase the tour & dinner package, but must be pre-booked
It will be pretty chilly up on the mountain at night, so bring plenty of layers. We provide luxuriously warm Canada goose down jackets & snow boots
The tour is not recommended for small children
Arrive 30mins early to ensure you have plenty of time to get ready
Stargazing is subject to weather conditions. A call will be made by 5pm each day & you will be informed if the tour is not running as scheduled
Bookings are essential – last bookings will be taken at 5pm on the day of the tour