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6 best places to see the Southern Lights in New Zealand

You have heard of the Arctic Princess, here’s a little something about the demure Princess of the South – Aurora Australis. Streaking the skies pink, blue, green, yellow-green and red, New Zealand – owing to its dark and unpolluted skies – is one of the best places to catch her. Best time to catch them? Between March & September at midnight. Read up and bucket list all these places to see the Southern Lights in New Zealand.

And then, of course, head over there with us.

♦ Stewart Island, South Island ♦ 

Southern Lights at Stewart Island
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Welcome to the southernmost part of New Zealand – the Stewart island. Closest landmass to Antarctica, the Rakiura National Park – which makes up 80% of Stewart island – lends you the most spectacular views of the Southern Lights

While watching the Southern lights. .

♦ Lake Tekapo ♦

Southern Lights at Lake Tekapo
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Did you know the Lake Tekapo region was recognized as dark sky reserve by UNESCO? With its unpolluted skies to provide for hours of uninterrupted star gazing, it is a no-brainer that it is one of the best Southern Lights viewpoints.

 While watching the Southern lights. .

♦ Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park ♦

Southern Lights at Mt Cook National Park
Image credit – alphacoders

At the backpacker haven of Mt. Cook National Park, set camp and watch the Southern Lights take to the skies. The scenic glacial lakes and forest cover will make the experience that much more breathtaking. Our traveller Ajinkya can confirm!

 While watching the Southern lights. .

♦ The Catlins ♦

Southern Lights at The Catlins
Image credit – keaphotography

On the bottom-most part of South Island lie The Catlins. Known for its iconic “Nuggets” like rock formations, amongst the coastal caves here watch the Southern Lights paint the sky pink, green, yellow and red.

 While watching the Southern lights. .

♦ Mapourika Lake ♦

The Southern Lights. #NZMustDo [📍Lake Mapourika, West Coast. 🎥: @mack_photography_nz]

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 A kettle lake that is a remnant of what is today called the Franz Josef glacier, watching the skies light up with Southern Lights is best followed up by a fishing expedition at dawn.

 While watching the Southern lights. .

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