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Magical heaven on Earth: must try stargazing in New Zealand in 2022

Dark, clear skies, unique celestial features, and other-worldly landscapes make stargazing in New Zealand a breathtakingly magical experience.

See constellations and shooting stars in glittering dark skies; much of New Zealand has no light pollution and is home to some of the most accessible observatories in the world.

Whether you wish to waltz under the stars, soak in hot pools and gaze at the night sky or just glamp under shooting stars, New Zealand has something for all-star chasers.

We bring to you 5 special and unique stargazing experiences for an unforgettable night:

 Good Heavens, Great Barrier Island

Stargazing in New Zealand- Great Barrier Dark Sky PC Mark Russell
Stargazing in New Zealand- Great Barrier Dark Sky PC Mark Russell

As one of only five Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world and the first island sanctuary in the world, Great Barrier Island is one of the best places to stargaze on earth. In comfortable, aptly named moon chairs, listen to the waves lap against the shore while gazing up and learning about the dazzlingly bright constellations. If you’re a foodie, grab some friends and pick the package ‘Dining with the Stars’ for a delicious meal beneath the galaxy.

 Stonehenge Aotearoa, Wairarapa

Stargazing in New Zealand- Dark Sky at Stonehenge Aotearoa Wairarapa PC Jet Productions
Stargazing in New Zealand- Dark Sky at Stonehenge Aotearoa Wairarapa PC Jet Productions

The Wairarapa region is on track to become New Zealand’s largest Dark Sky Reserve and has one of the darkest and most pristine skies in the country. What better place to stargaze than here, at the Stonehenge Aotearoa open-air astronomical observatory?

A modern interpretation of the mysterious ancient monument, Stonehenge Aotearoa is based upon starlore from tangata whenua (indigenous Māori people), Pasifika, and other cultures around the world.

Book a daytime guided tour to learn about the henge, Māori starlore, Polynesian navigation, and archeoastronomy, or head along on a Friday or Saturday night for a Star Safari followed by stargazing (weather permitting).

 Tekapo Springs Star Gazing | Takapō (Tekapo)

The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Stargazing is the only guided hot pool and star gazing experience in New Zealand, located at one of the best stargazing sites on earth. Wonder at the dazzling beauty of millions of stars in some of the clearest, darkest night skies in the world at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

 Stargazing in New Zealand- Tekapo Springs at night
Stargazing in New Zealand- Tekapo Springs at night

Relax in soul-warming hot pools beneath the 4,300 square kilometres of officially recognized International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest reserve of this type worldwide. Enjoy exclusive use of the 38-degree pool to lie back on a floating hammock or simply relax as you gaze at the starry blanket above you. A guide would be available to share local stories about New Zealand myths and legends combined with the science behind constellations, planets, and galaxies.

 Dark Sky Project, Takapō (Tekapo)

Dark Sky Project are world leaders in Astro-tourism experiences. Located in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Takapō (Tekapo) is one of the quietest spots on the planet yet it has one of the busiest night skies in the universe.

 Stargazing in New Zealand- Dark Sky Project - Mackenzie Region PC Elizabeth Pitcorn
Stargazing in New Zealand- Dark Sky Project – Mackenzie Region PC Elizabeth Pitcorn

Embark on an interactive journey delivering thought-provoking insight into the world of tatai aroraki (Māori astronomy) and its pivotal role in the Māori understanding of the universe. Using incredible immersive visual displays, visitors can explore the science-based narrative of how living beings came to be, delve into the depths of the Milky Way and get up close with the impressive 125-year-old recently restored Brashear telescope.

Pukaki Wine Cellar & Observatory, Lake Pukaki

 Stargazing in New Zealand- Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat – Observatory PC Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat
Stargazing in New Zealand- Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat – Observatory PC Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat

Pukaki Observatory and Wine Cellar are located at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat at Lake Pukaki. Start your experience in the wine cellar for a glass of whiskey or wine and nibbles while learning about the starry galaxies. The roof of the observatory slides back to reveal the dark night sky for both the naked eye and telescopic viewing.

Perfectly located to explore one of the darkest skies in the world, this is a unique opportunity to use the latest technology in a spectacular natural environment. Be sure to bring your DSLR camera for some amazing astrophotography opportunities.

 With New Zealand’s borders reopening from 1st August, come and experience heavens appear closer to Earth in New Zealand.

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