The galaxy’s core is visible at its finest during New Zealand’s coldest months in a completely dark, moonless night sky.
Come to the southern region of the South Island in July or August to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights. Aim for a clear night close to a new moon for the most dazzling illuminated display and memorable photo opportunities.
Join in the Māori Matariki celebrations during June and July. At this time, the radiant Matariki star cluster glitters above the horizon, marking the beginning of a new lunar year in the Māori calendar.