Top 5 unforgettable star-gazing experiences in New Zealand

New Zealand is a place with some very evident observatories in the world. Possessing a very clear, dark, no light pollution sky. New Zealand renders an amusing stargazing experiences. It gives the visitors the opportunity to experience stargazing in unique ways like soaking in hot pools and gazing at the night sky or just clamping under shooting stars etc. 

We give you five spots in New Zealand to enhance your stargazing affair memorably!

1. Good Heavens, Great Barrier Island

The Great Barrier Island being one of the Dark Sky Sanctuaries is one of the best places you can stargaze at. The island sanctuary provides the guests with the scope to enjoy the star-filled sky along the sea and relish an appetizing meal.

2. Stonehenge Aotearoa, Wairarapa

The Wairarapa region is the home to one of the darkest skies in the world and is on the way to becoming New Zealand’s largest Dark Sky Reserve. The visitors can enjoy the star safari and stargaze under the modern interpretation of the mysterious ancient monument, Stonehenge Aotearoa.

3. Tekapo Springs Star Gazing | Takapō (Tekapo)

Tekapo springs provide a guided hot pool star gazing experience. Located at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, one can relax back in the hot pool while a guide will brief you through New Zealand myths and legends, with the science behind constellations, planets and galaxies.

4. Dark Sky Project, Takapō (Tekapo)

Takapō (Tekapo) has one of the busiest night skies in the universe, where the Dark Sky Project offers an excellent Astro-tourism experience. Here, one can engage in the tatai aroraki, use visual displays to know how mortal life forms came into being and indulge in the milky way with the 125-year-old Brashear telescope.

5. Pukaki Wine Cellar & Observatory, Lake Pukaki

A wine cellar observatory, one can recognize from the name itself the unique experience you’ll get here. When in Pukaki Observatory and Wine Cellar, sip on a glass of whiskey or wine and nibble while experiencing a breathtaking night sky. The observatory roof slides back to reveal a star-filled sky that is perfectly visible to the naked eye.