Top 4 Dark Sky Reserves for Stargazing



2. New Zealand: Aoraki Mackenzie
Straddling the South Island’s Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, this reserve offers a prime spot to admire the three brightest stars of the night sky—Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri—and the distant galaxies of the Magellanic Clouds, all exclusive to the Southern Hemisphere. From the lakeside town of Tekapo, Earth & Sky takes guests by minibus to the flat summit of Mount John, where the night’s program might include a tour of New Zealand’s premier astronomical research observatory.

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