New Zealand, Aoraki (Mt Cook)

Aoraki Dark Skies Reserve

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The Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve is the largest dark sky reserve in the world. It covers an area of 1,660 square miles and is home to some of the clearest and darkest skies in the world, making it an ideal location for stargazing and astrophotography.

The reserve is located near Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, which provides a stunning backdrop for nighttime sky viewing. With little light pollution in the area, the Milky Way and other galaxies are easily visible to the naked eye.

In addition, the reserve is home to a number of astronomical observatories, including the Mount John Observatory, which provides guided stargazing tours and educational programs. We also recommend stargazing tours operated by the Hermitage Hotel. You can find both experiences in the links section above.