The tour includes:
- Approx. 3 hour personalized evening tour for solo visitors or small groups (2-4 people)
- Snacks together with tea, coffee & bottled water provided
- Photographic tuition & guidance
- Comfortable 4WD vehicle with wi-fi on board
- Your local guide, who holds the public liability insurance, first aid certificate and passenger service license; that are the legal requirements for running this kind of business safely
- Pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation in Queenstown
Photographing the Milky Way and the Southern Lights
Have you ever wanted to capture the night sky – the Milky Way or the Aurora Australis (southern lights)? In Queenstown, we are lucky enough to live in an area with little light pollution, making it the ideal location for the astrophotography. There is a variety of excellent locations for you to experience night sky photography tours. Where you decide to go depends on the best conditions during any given night. By necessity, the availability of night sky tours is dependent on weather conditions and the phase of the moon, so tours are not always guaranteed. However, there are certain times of the year that work perfectly for astrophotography. The winter months provide wonderful photo opportunities due to the early sunset. With a sundown time of no later than 6pm, there are several hours available earlier in the evening for astrophotography. It also tends to be darker in general during the winter months.
Please make a booking to organize your night sky photography tour- and do not forget to bring your jacket, gloves and hat! It gets chilly here in winter. Since the art of astrophotography is weather dependent and the Milky Way is not visible when the moon is out, try to arrange your tour for several days in a row around the new moon. Also, if you specifically want to photograph the Milky Way, its core is not visible in New Zealand from approximately mid of November till about the end of February. If you are interested in general night sky photographs, there are many opportunities here all year round.
If you are adventurous and do not mind the cold, perhaps astrophotography tour is exactly what you need! I can teach you how to photograph the Milky Way and, if we are lucky, we may even see the Aurora Australis (southern lights). These tours are best between March and October during the new moon, or at a time of night when the moon is not in the sky – before it has risen or after it sets.