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SOUTH ISLAND STARS

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s stunning South Island, you will find the Mackenzie Region where Rachel Gillespie and Joseph Pooley adventure, Queenstown the home of Jordan McInally, the South Island's West Coast where you will find Rachel Roberts and the stunning Fiordland with Douglas Thorne.

The perfect locations for every type of photography opportunity, renowned for their incredibly clear starry nights, beautiful sunny days, remarkable lakes, wide-open grasslands, valleys and trees of emerald green and snow capped mountains the mighty Southern Alps.

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GETTING THERE
AORAKI MACKENZIE INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY RESERVE

The Mackenzie region is situated in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island. Superbly located, the region is just 2.5 hours drive south of Christchurch and approximately 2.5 hours drive north of Queenstown.

 

The Mackenzie Basin is home the world’s largest dark sky reserve, the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. The 4300sq km area includes the stunning Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and the villages of Tekapo, Twizel and Mt Cook.

People travel from all over the world to see the Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies and the Milky Way, all year round. What’s more, it is possible to see the Aurora Australis, a.k.a the Southern Lights, from this reserve.
 
The Mackenzie Basin is almost free of light pollution thanks to a lighting ordinance in the Mackenzie District Plan where lighting controls have been put in place throughout most of the reserve since 1981.