Stewart Island Aurora Hunting Tour
Stewart Island/Rakiura is the southern-most Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world and offers one of the darkest locations to view the night sky and a fascinating place to spot the Southern Lights.
We are offering you the opportunity to explore the night skies, searching for Aurora Australis and other secrets of the universe. At the same time spend your days exploring the best Stewart Island has to offer from Kiwi spotting to cruising the Paterson inlet, with some free time to explore at leisure.
This is a small group tour perfect for those who wanting with witness the world’s most magical phenomena.
Please note that as we are in nature’s hands we cannot guarantee seeing the Aurora, however these tours are timed close to the new moon when skies are dark, and over the months where Aurora activity is most likely.
The itinerary is flexible, the order of tours may change depending on the weather, and also be prepared to wake at any hour of the night, eg 2am, if the Aurora is active! We have included a good range of activities to ensure a memorable time on the island regardless.
Aurora photo credits: Sandra Whipp
*Please note: images of the Aurora used were taken by Sandra on Stewart Island, images will appear brighter/with more colour than viewing with the naked eye, as modern digital cameras and phones have greater sensitivity and can capture more colours and greater contrast.
Viva's Best Bits...
"A local Stewart Island photographer will give you tips on witnessing and photographing Aurora. She will also have a telescope and binoculars available for use. Check out the above Aurora photo taken from her home!" Tara, Team Viva
Stewart Island has lots to offer - Experience kiwis in their natural habitat. The kiwis come out at night to feed. Did you know that Stewart Island has an estimated population of 20,000 kiwis? Your guide will tell you more about these special birds.
Join our exclusive small group tour, maximum 20 guests to Stewart Island/Rakiura - the southern-most Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world. The Aurora can be elusive, but we have allowed 5 nights to increase our chances.