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New Zealand Birdlings Flat for the night sky

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Birdlings Flat is a long stony beach that runs along the sea side of the split between Lake Ellesmere and the sea. Its far enough away from Christchurch city to offer amazing views of the night sky.
Viewing the Aurora Australis is possible if you look south when there is solar activity. Note that this only visible this far north in a 5 plus solar storm, with a clear sky and no moon.

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Travel Information

Birdlings Flats is about 45-50 minutes drive from Christchurch on the road to Akaroa. It is always advisable to use a degree of caution at night and to take a friend to any remote location.
There is no cell phone coverage so be careful.
Don't get too close to the sea if the waves are up as there is the occasional big one.
It is very exposed in a winter southerly, so bring plenty of wind proof layers.
Crowd Factor Nearly no other people
Best Timing Blue hour/nighttime during winter
Sunrise & Sunset 06:11 - 21:08 | current local time: 16:19
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