Southern Lights by Flight from Christchurch


    26 & 27 March 2022

    2 & 3 April 2022

    24 & 25 September 2022

    Departs from Christchurch at 7pm*

    Join Viva Expeditions long with and Aurora hunter and astrophysicist Dr Ian Griffin plus a team of experts and fly into the night in search of the world’s most magical natural phenomena.
    Take off onboard an Air New Zealand Dreamliner, you will head south over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica, aiming for latitudes of up to 70 degrees south where the Auroral band is present.
    We will take you far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems to see a
    magical and unforgettable display with incredible views of the southern lights. Along the way you will
    see constellations, stars, and planets as you have never witnessed them before.
    Throughout the flights you will receive a full inflight catering service in both business and
    economy classes. Expert astronomers will provide information on route about how an aurora is created, as well as pointing out their favourite night sky objects. They will give you tips on how to photograph an Aurora and we will have a photographer onboard to assist you with your cameras.
    Book with confidence knowing that should COVID cause the cancellation or delay of your flight your
    money will be refunded*

    Should your 2021 &2022 season flight not be able to depart due to government restrictions with coronavirus, you can choose from either of the following:
    1.Transfer to an alternative departure date at no extra cost.
    2.Receive a full refund, excluding $75 per person
    administration fee.
    3.A 100{03e17260731feebda54b271abff347b773c0107003202e8eeba7d379e6644aef} travel credit to use when booking another
    Viva New Zealand product.

    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.
    Another factor that needs to be considered whenplanning a flight to the southern auroral oval is
    the phase of the moon. Because bright moonlight would interfere with auroral visibility, we always time the flights close to new moon when the sky is dark.

    Full details with a trip dossier can be found here Aurora Australis Viva NZ Brochure 2021 UPDATED v3 (10)

    Business Premier Plus Class $7995 pp

    Business Premier $6795 pp

    Economy Skycouch $7890 for 2 people ($3945 pp)

    Premium Economy $4995 pp

    Economy no wing $2495 pp

    Economy over wing $2295 pp 

    Economy limited view $1545 pp