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Stargazing

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
  • Binary stars
  • Other galaxies

Your guide will explain what you’re looking at, & why it’s so cool!

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Photo: Danny Warley
Otage Light Pollution
A Google map showing the area's light pollution – Cardrona's in a dark sky!

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
  • 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

Stargazing 2019 Pricing

 

Tour & dinner package

$149pp

Tour only

$99pp

Important information

  • 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 warm 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

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