Southern Lights by Flight

Southern Lights by Flight

1 Day

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Witness the world's most remarkable natural light show. The Southern lights...also known as the Aurora Australis!

Join Aurora hunter and astrophysicist Dr Ian Griffin and a team of expert astronomers and fly into the night, to witness one of the world's most magical natural phenomena. Taking off from Christchurch Airport onboard an Air New Zealand Dreamliner, you will head south over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica, aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south where the Aurora Australis is brightest. Taking you far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems, you will see a magical and unforgettable display with uninterrupted view of the southern lights. Along the way you will see constellations, stars, and planets as you have never witnessed them before.

The timing of these Aurora flights are no coincidence! They coincide with the spring and autumn equinoxes which helps to maximise the chance the Aurora will be bright. Thanks to a phenomenon called the Russell McPherron effect, Auroras are known to be more frequent and brighter than usual in spring and autumn. Close to the equinoxes in March and September, the alignment of the interplanetary magnetic field and Earth's magnetic field is such that the two opposing fields can cancel each other out. This creates holes in Earth's magnetosphere through which particles from the solar wind can flow, giving rise to auroras when they interact with the atmosphere.

• Charter flight aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south, aboard an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner • Expert team of astronomers and a photographer onboard • Pre-flight mission at the International Antarctica Centre in Christchurch • Two full-service Air New Zealand meals plus in-flight snacks • Full bar service onboard

Pricing (per person) $AUD


2021 11, 12 September

2022 26, 27 March 24, 25 September

Booking conditions

• As departures are limited, bookings are subject to availability, and may be waitlisted • A non-refundable deposit per person is due at the time of booking • Departure dates are subject to final airline confirmation • As this is a charter flight, a valid passport is required for check-in • Should Government Covid-19 restrictions cause the cancellation or delay of your flight you may choose to either transfer to an alternative departure date, or receive a refund excluding a $75 administration fee. • There is a very high chance, but no guarantee, of an aurora sighting. Passengers on previous flights have enjoyed between 4 to 6 hours of aurora viewing

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Flights to/from Christchurch to join the programme

Book a row of 4 seats in Economy Class Wing and save!

Book a row of four seats in Economy Class Wing and save $536 per person. Offer only applies to this category and is subject to availability.