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!
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!
Alex Thom has a BSC in Astronomy from the University of Colorado. He spent two years working in Education & Public Outreach, teaching space science at LASP in Colorado. Recently he spent a season doing research on New Zealand’s largest telescope, the MOAII, hunting for extra solar planets.
Schedule & pricing
Stargazing at Cardrona runs from August 25 – September 10, 2017
We run three tours per night at 6.45pm, 8.30pm & 10.15pm
Tours are an hour & a half long
The 8.30pm tour will run from Queenstown, departing from 37 Camp Street at 5.45pm. Dinner in Mezz Café for this tour will be from 7pm. You can expect to be back in Queenstown at around 11.15pm
Dinner in Mezz is a three course set menu
The schedule is subject to change & weather conditions
Stargazing 2017 Pricing
Mezz dinner add-on
Tour & transport from Queenstown (8.30pm tour only)
Tour, transport & dinner from Queenstown (8.30pm tour only)
It will be pretty chilly up on the mountain at night, so bring plenty of layers. We can provide jackets & snow boots if needed
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 3pm each day & you will be informed if the tour is not running as scheduled