Take Stargazing to New Heights in New Zealand

“The universe is back in fashion. Perhaps it’s because light pollution on the increase as white LED streetlights across ever-expanding cities, but there seems to be a growing interest in astro-tourism,” writes Jamie Carter in an article for Travel + Leisure, in which he shares places where you can combine extreme stargazing with an adventure-filled vacation. Visiting Aoraki Mount Cook in New Zealand is one of his suggestions.

“Here on the South Island of New Zealand, dark skies are a way of life. First created in the early 1980s, outdoor lighting controls reign at the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the world’s biggest,” writes Carter.

“Experienced mountaineers could consider a six-day ascent of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak at 12,217 feet. For the rest of us there are plenty of organized astro-tourism activities in the area.

Other stargazing adventures listed in the article include a horseback riding trip in the Atacama Desert in Chile, wilderness skiing across Lapland, Finland and Norway as well as visiting the world’s newest Dark Sky Park (Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park) in Japan.

To read more about these stargazing adventures please click here.

Article Source: Travel + Leisure, Jamie Carter, May 01, 2018

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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…