5 Places to See The Southern Lights in New Zealand
Aurora Australis is known to light up New Zealand’s skies with green and pink displays.
Solar wind reacts with the gases in our atmosphere, which creates the electrical wonder commonly known as The Southern Lights. The aurora is a rare sight to see mainly because it is difficult to get far enough south. New Zealand is one of the closest countries to the South Pole where the aurora originates, so if you head far enough south on your backpacker travels, you might just see a light show like no other!
Read more about the best times and locations for Southern Light viewing in New Zealand here.
1. Stewart Island
Of course, New Zealand’s 3rd and most southern island is the best place to see The Southern Lights. Just let this picture do the talking:
2. Lake Tekapo
This area in the centre of the South Island usually gets clear skies for some amazing Aurora Austalis displays. You can always head to higher ground in the surrounding mountains for better views.
3. The Catlins
The Catlins is at the very south of the South Island. A combination of a clear night and heading away from any other polluting light could well give you a spectacular view of the green and pink hue in the sky.
Shocker: this is another southern area in the South Island, which equals Southern Light views from time to time.
Ok, you might have to be really lucky to see the lights from Dunedin. Nevertheless, The Southern Lights have been known to light up the sky for Dunedin to see.
What are the perfect conditions to see Aurora Australis?
With the perfect weather, time of day and solar activity, you can get the perfect viewing of The Southern Lights. Check out the best times and locations for Southern Light viewing in New Zealand here.
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