Southern Lights by Flight from Christchurch


    2 flights : 20 & 21 March 2021

    Book soon to avoid disappointment – Economy Not Over Wing, Skycouch, Business Premier and Premium Economy now sold out on both flights.

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

    Many people spend a small fortune to fly to Norway, Canada or the Arctic Circle to see the Northern lights, but did you realize that you can see the same phenomena on a flight departing from Christchurch New Zealand

    Join Viva Expeditions & Aurora hunter and astrophysicist Dr Ian Griffin & a team of expert astronomers and fly into the night, to witness 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 62 degrees south where the Aurora Australis is brightest. We will take you far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems to 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.

    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 instruct you on how to photograph an aurora and we will have a photographer onboard to assist on how best to use your cameras.

    The timing of this Aurora flight is no coincidence! It coincides perfectly with the Autumn equinox which
    will occur during the flight and 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 au –
    tumn. 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 when planning 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

    Economy limited view $1195 pp 

    Economy over wing $1945 pp  available 21 March only

    Economy not over wing $2145 pp – SOLD OUT

    Economy Skycouch $6580 for 2 people – SOLD OUT

    Business Premier $5995 – SOLD OUT

    Business Premier Plus $6995 – SOLD OUT

    Expressions of interest now being taken for proposed May 2021 flight – date to be confirmed.