The Great Barrier Island is an island located in the outer Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand, roughly 60 miles (100 km) from the mainland. It’s an accredited dark sky sanctuary, where “a typically dark night sky has become part of the cultural values of Islanders, as they gradually become aware of the potential astrotourism value of maintaining the integrity of the Island’s largely pristine nightscapes,” as stated by the International Dark Sky Association. If visitors would like to know more about the planets, stars, and galaxies, there are guided stargazing events with one of the island’s Dark Sky Ambassadors, with a guided telescope viewing to share the wonders of the universe as well as teach amazing astronomical facts and figures. Camping is available across the island as well. For more information, please visit online or call +0800 468 622.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!