The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve
The Mackenzie Region is home to some of the clearest, most spectacular night skies in the world. The dark sky reserve was the third to be recognised in the world when it was created in 2012 with accreditation from the International Dark-Sky Association in Arizona. It is the largest reserve in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest dark sky reserve in the world at 4,367sqkm. The reserve is famous world-wide and a global flagship for promoting dark skies and astro-tourism.