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Mt. John Observatory

University of Canterbury’s Mt. John Observatory – on New Zealand’s South Island – is in a mountainous area and has clear skies, perfect for stargazing. The Mt. John Observatory is a focal point of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve and requires attending a tour to view after dark. Nighttime observatory tours are available…read more »

University of Canterbury’s Mt. John Observatory – on New Zealand’s South Island – is in a mountainous area and has clear skies, perfect for stargazing. The Mt. John Observatory is a focal point of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve and requires attending a tour to view after dark. Nighttime observatory tours are available via Earth & Sky, an education center based in Lake Tekapo. In an article in 2015, the New Zealand Herald listed these top 8 stargazing spots in New Zealand.

1. Lake Tekapo, Canterbury
2. Mt Cook Village, Canterbury
3. Twizel, Canterbury
4. Fairlie, Canterbury
5. Omarama, Canterbury
6. Arthurs Pass, Canterbury
7. Burkes Pass, Canterbury
8. Ngongotaha, Bay of Plenty

(Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11383208)

Deborah Byrd

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