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Experience - New Zealand

Flight to the lights - Fly to the Aurora Australis

Highlights

  • The Dreamliner 787 will fly you to the southern hemisphere’s aurora australis

  • Join the adventure in search of New Zealand’s unique light spectacle

  • Expert and astrophysicist Dr. Ian Griffin will guide you during the experience

  • Experts on board will help you take photos and accompany you on the flight

  • Enjoy a delicious meal onboard

Description

Everyone should experience the spectacle of the northern lights at least once in their life. Did you know that there’s another spectacular light show in the southern hemisphere? The sister phenomenon is called the aurora australis. They are less well-known but no less spectacular, just a little harder to find. We will take you from Christchurch to the mystical light show with an Air New Zealand charter flight.

Destination

Oceania & South Pacific

  1. New Zealand
  2. South Island New Zealand

Only a few know about the northern lights in the southern hemisphere, making this experience more unique than the rest. An Air New Zealand Boeing 787 Dreamliner will take off from Christchurch with astrophysicist Dr. Ian Griffin.

Fly high about the clouds for the best views of the southern lights. A maximum of two people will sit in each row to guarantee the best views. The captivating experience also includes delicious food onboard. In theory, the southern lights are more challenging to see than the northern lights because it’s generally easier to get the magnetic north pole than the magnetic south pole/ The colorful rain of light is usually known from photos but is an entirely different and gigantic experience in real life. A veil of pink, green, and violet light illuminates the night sky as if painted on by mystical magic. To the Maori people, they see the lights as a fire that the ancestors use to guide their way to the Antarctic, remembering the warm days in New Zealand.

For good photos, good preparations are required. Experts in each cabin class will give you helpful advice and show you the best way to photograph the stunning aurora. Don’t forget your SLR camera, charge its batteries, and see if the memory card has enough storage for all of the photos you will take today. As you soar through the sky, notices how the spectacle does somersaults through the clear night — a sight you’ll never forget. Please note that the southern lights are sometimes invisible to the naked eye. Since we rely on nature, we cannot guarantee a 100% sighting. On your flight, you’ll also see star constellations, planets, and the Milky way like you’ve never seen before.

Duration of the trip: All day

Including

  • Flight from Christchurch

  • Catering on board

  • Experts on board

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Insurance

  • Personal expenses

  • Services not mentioned

Notes

  • Please note that due to the limited number of seats, a deposit (non-refundable) of 3000 NZD is required at booking.

  • When booking in Economy or Premium Economy Class, You must purchase two seats per booking.

  • Individual bookings are also possible in Business Class Premier (at least one person).

  • The deposit is non-refundable, but you can transfer your ticket to someone else. In this case, the deposit of 3000 NZD minus a 10% processing fee will be invoiced.

  • In the unexpected event that the flight cannot take place after the deposit has been paid, a fee of 100 NZD will be due before the refund can be granted.

  • Insurance of 50 NZD per person is separate. If you do not want to take out the insurance, you must sign a disclaimer and send it to our partner.

  • Please note that the flight is very popular, so the allocation is based on a "first-come, first-serve" basis.

  • Due to the unpredictable weather conditions, a sighting of the aurora australis is not guaranteed. The team of experts and the crew do their best to give you an unforgettable flight.

  • There’s a discrepancy between the colors the human eye perceives and those caused by the camera’s exposure time and the quality.

  • We recommend that you test your camera settings beforehand so you can capture the best possible pictures.

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