Great Barrier Island, accessible by a plane or ferry from Auckland, New Zealand, is 88km northeast of Auckland. To enjoy a Dark Sky Experience, you will want (and need) to stay overnight. In fact, we recommend you stay at least 2 nights, to have more chance of a clear night and a successful experience.
“Good fun and enlightening for people with an interest in stargazing is a guided stargazing experience with Good Heavens, a company which offers comfortable and enlightening group and private stargazing experiences through the Southern Hemisphere sky. The Good Heavens team does provide enough information for this to be a first step on a continued path of future stellar exploration.”
Another recommendation from one of our EarthSky friends told us it offers “superb dark skies! It’s a Dark Sky Sanctuary, the darkest of all the IDA Dark Sky Places. Plus it’s a stunningly beautiful island.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!