Southern Lights by Flight Now On Sale

The dates coincide with the equinox, when the Aurora is often most active in the hopes of getting the best viewing of the Auroras possible.

Here are the  dates:
11 September 2021
12 September 2021
26 March 2022
27 March 2022
24 September 2022
25 September 2022

Please note: we are currently taking registrations of interest only. From 6 April we will be contacting those already pre-registered in order, thanks for your patience

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 one 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 in flight 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.

Also learn about our Mission to Aurora Australis Pre Flight Programme which is included when you book onto our Southern Lights by Flight, here is what is is about.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the night skies before taking off on the Southern Lights by Flight. If you book onto our Southern light by flight this tour is included on the day of your flight.

Aerospace is fundamental for science on the ice, so join us for a 20 minute presentation about Astronomy in Antarctica, including Aurora Australis. You will learn from a NASA trained STEM aerospace educator about Astronomy on the ice and receive details of what to look for on the Aurora flight to occur.

Following the presentation, you will participate in a 40 minute “Astronomy over Antarctica tour” of the InternationalAntarctic Centre. Learn how NASA Balloons collect data for
astronomy and astrophysics above Antarctica, and how the Aurora Australis’s colours are formed in the Science Alive Exhibit Area. See real time images of Amundsen - Scott Pole
Station telescope at the StormDome and experience the cold of Antarctica in the Antarctic StormDome, that makes such accurate astronomy possible. Learn how aircraft
navigate over Antarctica and experience a C17 flight simulation. Look at the orrery in the Antarctic Gallery to understand the relationship between Antarctica and the
Southern Skies.

Finally gather for refreshments and to talk to the Aerospace Educators before you depart for your flight. Refreshments include Beer, Wine, Soft Drink, Tea & Coffee (2 drinks per
person), plus some light snacks. You will receive your Mission to the Aurora Australis Patch, and Mission to the Aurora Australis photograph from the International Antarctic
Centre before taking to the air on your Aurora flight.

At the end of this function you can either walk (5-10 minutes)or take the Penguin Bus across to the airport intime to check in for your flight...
Session 1: 1pm - 3pm on the day of your flight *
Session 2: 3pm– 5pm on the day of your flight.
Please let us know your preferred session time and while we cannot guarantee your preferred time slot we will do our best.

* We will also be holding a photography workshop at the Antarctic Centre at 3.00pm. The aim is to assist you with handy hints and tips to best photograph the Aurora and to
assist you with setting up your camera for the flight. If you would like to register for this workshop be sure to let us know as places are limited.


  • Category: New Zealand
  • Price from: $1545 / Person
  • Days included: 1
  • Book By: April 10, 2021
  • Travel from: April 6, 2021
  • Travel to: May 6, 2021