In New Zealand, it’s said, “the heavens appear closer to Earth”. Most of the country has no light pollution and is home to some of the most accessible observatories in the world (see recommendations in the link below). The west coast of the South Island and specifically the coastline near Barrytown is recommended by an EarthSky friend for its “…low light pollution, big skies, southwestern winds (which mean clarity), and ocean views to the west”. Barrytown is between Pakiroa Beach to the north and Motukiekie Beach to the south, and 16 km (10 miles) south of Paparoa track, a popular hiking and cycling trail through a limestone and rainforest landscape, with views of the Tasman Sea along the coast.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!