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Aoraki Mackenzie (New Zealand)

Aoraki Mackenzie (New Zealand)

The Church of the Good Shepherd. Photo by Fraser Gunn

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Designated

2012

Category

Dark Sky Reserve

Address

South Island, New Zealand

Contact

Mr. Steve Butler
Website

Land Area

4,367 km2

Documents

Application
Press Release
Lighting Plan
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

About

The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is comprised of Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin of New Zealand’s South island. Outdoor lighting controls were first put into place in the area during the early 1980s. They have not only helped minimize light pollution for the nearby Mt. John Observatory, but also conserve energy, protect wildlife and make the area a popular stargazing destination for tourists.

The natural night has played a critical role in the areaʼs history as its first residents, the Maori, not only used the night sky to navigate to the island but also integrated astronomy and star lore into their culture and daily lives. The reserve seeks to honor that history by keeping the night sky a protected and integral part of the areaʼs natural and cultural landscape. It is a perfect place to protect and honor those traditions as the reserveʼs Mackenzie Basin has the clearest, darkest and the most spectacular night sky in New Zealand.

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(Credit: Chris Murphy / The University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory)