In New Zealand, it’s said, the heavens appear closer to Earth. See constellations and shooting stars in glittering dark skies; much of the country has no light pollution and is home to some of the most accessible observatories in the world.
One EarthSky friend specifically recommends Burkes Road, near Barrytown, for “low light pollution, big skies, southwestern winds (which mean clarity), and ocean views to the west.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!