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Great Barrier Island Stargazing Dark Sky Sanctuary

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Tirama, tirama, nga whetu.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

The whole island of Great Barrier is a recognised stargazing sanctuary, and has been certified as a dark sky sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association. This means the quality in which you can view starry nights is deemed exceptional and is protected ‘for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment’ (darksky.org)

For great shots of the milky way and moon, grab your friends and family, binoculars, sun-lounger chair and blankie, and settle in for a night of stargazing at its finest. Start early in the evening, coupled with your favourite antipasto platter and catch the sunset too! Or, if you’re more of an early riser, catch the quiet of the morning, the beautiful night sky, then birdsong and sunrise.

Soak in the astronomical peace of the stargazing sanctuary islands unspoilt night, but also the calm and quiet of the island with only natural sounds, the awe of gazing into endless sky and let all your senses experience whats happening around you.

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