Christchurch Astro Tours are proud to introduce you to the southern night sky. Operating from Greenpark Memorial Community Centre, Lincoln a mere 30 minutes south of central Christchurch, we start our night with a short talk, before showcasing the highlights of the evening with a sky tour. After which you are free to observe the nights objects through the telescope (which uses high quality optics) and ask questions. Our local dark sky tour guides are keen an experiences stargazers and can talk you through the various delights of the southern night sky. Depending on the experiences you have booked, you may view the moon in detail or observe planets or if contitions allow, see fascinating nebulae and galaxies. Please remember that this is an outdoor event which will involve you standing under clear skies for approximately 90 minutes. You will get cold, so please wrap up warm with suitable clothing and thick socks, especially in winter!
Please note our tours are not suitable for those under 10 years of age.
Our astronomy tours are aimed at delivering a personal service to small groups of visitors to Christchurch, locals and their families and is largely weather dependent - although we now offer an indoor Cloudy Night option when booking. On occasions we may need to cancel the outside events, even at short notice (due to weather). If this happens, you will receive an email between 7 and 8pm notifying you of a weather transfer, we will move you to the next available date of a similar experience (where booking spaces allow). Towards the end of the season our options to do this become limited, so we may move you to another date where the program is different. If it is not possible to accommodate you, a full refund will be issued.
If you are not able to attend, you can request a refund up to 7 days before the event starts, but refunds or re-bookings are not available after this time, unless the event has been cancelled by weather. If you need to contact us after you have purchased tickets, please use the contact organiser link in the email that contained your ticket information.
On a clear moonless night our skies have a Sky Quality Meter reading that exceeds 20.7 for the region of the sky we will be viewing, which means we view class 3-4 skies. A typical city night sky would be class 8-9.
We recommend you approach from Ellesmere Road & Hudsons Road if coming from Christchurch. On arrival , Greenpark Memorial Community Centre might appear closed as all the lights will be turned off to ensure you become adapted to the dark (takes around 20 minutes). We operate from the rear of the building.
There is ample parking on the road, please use the area opposite the main gates (in front of the school) as you approach. Or if the gate is open you can park in the area to the right of the building entrance, indicated.
The entrance is at the front of the Greenpark Memorial Community Centre. Follow the path along the hedge, the main entrance is to the left of the building.
We spend a considerable amount of time outside. Wear a hat, layer up and include thick warm socks, gloves and a scarf.
Our personal tours are especially designed for small groups or families or couples. We don't want you standing around in the cold queuing or dealing with kids who are bored, therefore if you have a group of 10 or more, please see our Corporate page for information.
Booking & Payments:
Our booking, ticketing and payment processing is entirely online. We are not able accept other methods of payment, nor can we accommodate your visit without a ticket.
We now operate a cloudy night option, but will not operate in severe weather. In the event that we cancel due to bad weather, you will be transferred to another date or refunded, depending on your ticket choice