Lake Tekapo International Dark Sky Reserve

August 20, 2012

One of the best things about Lake Tekapo’s scenic location is that it is far away from the lights and glows of the major towns in cities. The isolation and flat plains provide beautiful clear skies that offer unparalleled views of the stars and planets. In fact, the area is so excellent for star gazing that in June 2012 it was named the world’ largest International Dark Sky Reserve. This means that the skies there are almost completely free from any light pollution, making it one of the best places in the world for stargazing. Being able to gaze uninhibited into the sky is a cultural heritage that humans of all kinds have enjoyed, and the place was significant to Maori for the same reason.

For visitors, this means the views you get at Lake Tekapo are not only stunning during the day, but at night too. On any night you can gaze up and appreciate the beauty even without entirely understanding what you’re looking at. For those who wish to learn more and understand the cosmos a bit better, night tours at Mount John and Cowan’s Hill offer expert information and guides. Aurorae, zodiac constellations, planets and meteor showers all grace the sky at different times of year, and thousands of people make Lake Tekapo their destination to experience the clear bright sky.