In the heart of the Dark Sky Reserve, the view from Mt John is one of the top locations in the world to stargaze and see the Southern Lights. Check out the observatory on top of Mt John. Find out more about Tekapo in Lake Tekapo Guide for Backpackers.
By day, explore The Lord of the Rings scenery. By night, explore the night’s sky. Twizel is also part of the4300 square kilometres that is the Dark Sky Reserve.
3.Aoraki Mt Cook
Our last location in the Dark Sky Reserve is the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. The view from The Alpine Centre’s Hillary Deck with the shadows of surrounding mountains is one for the Instagram.
Shelteredby mountains, Queenstown often has clear skies for a spot of stargazing. For a better view using telescopes, take the Skyline Gondola from the town. Get away from the lights of town for the best views.
5. Stonehenge Aotearoa
It’s like England’s Stonehenge but with a much better view of the sky. Find Stonehenge Aotearoa in Ahiaruhe in the Wairarapa district.
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