Christchurch Astro Tours are proud to introduce you to the southern night sky. Operating from Springston Community Centre, 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 stargazers and can talk you through the various delights of the southern night sky. Depending on the night 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 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.
The astronomy tour is aimed at delivering a personal service to small goups of visitors to Christchurch and their families and is weather dependent. On occasions we may need to cancel the event at short notice (due to weather). If this happens, you will receive an email prior to 7pm notifying you of cancellation and a full refund will be given.
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.
On arrival , Springston Community Centre will 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 site, please use the area to the left as you drive in.
The entrance is at the rear of the Springston Community Centre, using the disabled access ramp.
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 a families or couples. We don't want you standing around in the cold queuing or dealing with kids who are bored. 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.
In the event that we cancel due to bad weather, you will be issued with a full refund.