Stewart Island Aurora Hunting: Small Group Tour
Experience the enchanting allure of Stewart Island/Rakiura, the southernmost Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world.
Our carefully crafted group tour invites you to embark on a six-day exploration of the natural wonders of Stewart Island and the cosmic wonders that light up the skies above it.
Discover the Aurora Australis: Immerse yourself in the thrill of hunting for the elusive Aurora Australis, a phenomenon that has captivated explorers and stargazers for centuries. This tour is your ticket to witness this ethereal spectacle in one of the planet's darkest, most pristine nightscapes.
Immerse yourself in Stewart Island's Natural Treasures: By day, embrace the pristine beauty of Stewart Island, from the captivating bird sanctuary of Ulva Island to serene cruises along the picturesque Paterson Inlet. You'll have ample leisure time to delve deeper into the island's natural wonders and pursue your own adventures.
Shoot for the Skies: Ideal for both novice and seasoned astrophotographers, our small group tour promises a magical opportunity to capture the Milky Way and stars in their full glory. Unleash your inner photographer and capture the cosmos in all its splendor.
Unique Encounters: Encounter wildlife wonders such as Kiwis roaming in their natural habitat, majestic Albatross soaring through the skies, and rare birdlife on Ulva Island. Additionally, enjoy an insightful evening with a 3rd generation Stewart Islander, gaining a captivating glimpse into the island's rich history.
Please bear in mind that while we strive to provide the best conditions for Aurora viewing, we are at the mercy of nature. Though we cannot guarantee an Aurora sighting, rest assured that our tours are thoughtfully scheduled around the new moon for the darkest skies, during months when Aurora activity is most probable.
Our flexible itinerary is designed to adapt to the whims of Mother Nature, ensuring you have an unforgettable experience, no matter what the skies have in store. Be prepared for the possibility of waking at unconventional hours, like 2am, to chase the Aurora. Stewart Island's magic knows no time limits.
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 aurora hunter 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
This is a bird lovers paradise! Catch a glimpse of the rare Stewart Island robin, saddleback, Stewart Island kiwi, seabirds like albatross, mollymawk and blue penguins Stewart Island has an estimated 20,000 kiwis which outnumber its human population.
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.