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Stargazing

Join us for a unique, breathtaking stargazing experience at Cardrona this summer.

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!

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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 every night during the summer season (from Dec. 7, 2019 – March 29, 2020)
  • Transport departs 7.30pm* from Cardrona Corner in Wanaka & 7.00pm* from the Go Orange Shop 37 Camp St Queenstown
  • We run one tour per night & tour times will vary based on light
  • Tour is an hour & a half long
  • Dinner is a three-course set menu at 8.30pm
  • The schedule is subject to change & weather conditions

*Departure times in February and March vary based on sunset times. Get in touch to confirm timings of tours in these months!

Stargazing 2019/20 Pricing

 

Tour, 3-course dinner & transport ex Wanaka & Queenstown

$150pp

Tour only

$100pp


Important information

  • 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
  • Self-drive guests will need to drive up a 14km alpine gravel road to get to the resort for your stargazing experience. Give yourself plenty of time & maintain 2-way traffic at all times.
  • 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 6pm on the day of the tour
  • There will be no stargazing tours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.
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