New Zealand Southern LightsEmitting scintillating colours like green, pink, red, purple and blue in the night sky, Southern Lights in New Zealand is a celestial occurrence. Southern Lights are also known by the name “Aurora Australis” and are the counterparts of Northern Lights. Upon coming into contact with Earth’s upper atmospheric layers, streams of charged particles from the Sun survive collision and effuse a neon glow. Every year, this mysterious phenomenon attracts many travellers from other parts of the world.
The best time to see Southern Lights in New Zealand is between March-September i.e the winter months. It appears at midnight between 12 AM- 1:30 AM. In order to see them, the sky has to be clear, dark and there should be no presence of clouds. Aurora Lights Zealand exhibits their spell for 15-30 minutes. However, on rare occurrences, you might end up seeing them gracing the sky for extensive hours.
The best places to see Southern Lights in New Zealand are Lake Tekapo, Stewart Island, The Otago Peninsula, The Catlins, Chatham Islands, Queenstown, Invercargill and The Great Barrier Island. Among all, especially, Lake Tekapo, Stewart Island and The Great Barrier Island are recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association for their clear skies and low-light pollution.