11 Sensational Pictures Of The Aurora Australis From Queenstown

We were fortunate enough to see the Aurora Australis for the first time last night! We found a spot to settle into at Kelvin Heights just before sunset. Watching the sunset over the mountains was pretty spectacular in itself but as the darkness started to set in, we saw a faint glow of light above the mountains. We weren't sure at first, but then we realised that light was green and it was dancing! You could definitely see it with the naked eye but seeing it through the lens of a camera was next level.

I've been debating for a while on purchasing a 'proper' camera but have ended up so overwhelmed with information that I still don't have one. I thought I was doing ok with the camera on my phone. That was until last night. I soooo wished I had a good camera!! My iPhone took a photo good enough for a small screen but when you look at it closely, it is still very grainy.

I used a slow shutter app as the iPhone camera by itself wouldn't have captured anything, but after looking through Instagram this morning, I think it really is time for an upgrade! Check out my favourite pics from Instagram of the Aurora Australis last night from various locations in Queenstown. And if you're wanting to get in on the action and see the Aurora Australis for yourself, check out some of the links at the bottom of this post for activity information and alerts.

Sensational Pictures Of The Aurora Australis From Queenstown

Stunning Aurora Australis over Queenstown last night. #queenstownnz #queenstown #newzealand #tourismnz #aurora

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aurora australis #queenstown

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About last night 🌟

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What a place to live #queenstown #newzealand #auroraaustralis #milkyway #unreal

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This is technically not a photo, but it is an amazing timelapse taken over a 3.5 hour period. You can see how the lights dance around in the sky.

Aurora Australis Resources

There are loads of Facebook groups and alert sites available so that you can get the heads up of when activity is strong. Here's some of my favourites:

Now, back to more camera research. Hopefully, next time I'll have some decent photos for you. Do you have any more tips on tracking the southern lights? Let me know in the comments below! 


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Jen spends most of her time following Mick around the mountain, often unintentionally off jumps and cliff drops. Currently on a mission to prove that you’re never too old to try freestyle. Aside from snowboarding, a little obsessed about tattoos, CrossFit, saving animals, learning to play the guitar and clean eating. Web designer and digital marketing nerd.