Aoraki MacKenzie Dark Sky Reserve

On February 9th and 10th, we were in the Aoraki MacKenzie Dark Sky Reserve.

It is a part of New Zealand that is almost light-pollution free and, therefore, the sky at night is amazing : millons of stars, galaxies… Really pleasing to the eye!

We first went to Lake MacKenzie, near the Mont John Observatory. It is possible to take a tour to look at the stars at night for 140$ per person. We passed and preferred to look at the stars for free.

Cute visit!

We were very cold: temperatures around 3°C at night, 6 or 7°C in the morning… But it was worth it, we saw one of the most amazing skies we ever saw. Jérémy tried to take some pictures, not so bad for a first time!

The next day, we went to see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, which have an amazing blue colour. We slept right next to Lake Pukaki, with an amazing view on Mount Cook. By far, the best campsite where we spent a night!

Then, at night, new attempt to take pictures of the sky. Not very convincing, but nice anyway!

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