Tips for viewing for Southern Lights in New Zealand
- March and September are the best months to view the lights, though June and July are also good. The lights can be viewed at any time of the year, but statistically your chances are best in March and September. Aim to be at your viewing spot an hour after sunset. The lights ‘perform’ in different ways throughout the night, so stay as long as you can to view them in their spectacular and unexpected diversity.
- Consider staying at accommodation on Otago Peninsula to maximise your chances of seeing the Southern Lights.
- Hoopers and Papanui Inlet are quite remote and a little rugged, so drive carefully (the roads are narrow and unsealed), take a torch, very warm clothing, and consider fluoro jackets or reflector patches.
- Take a deck-chair, blanket or snuggly sleeping bag. If you get addicted to the night sky, or have to wait a while for it to show, you may be out in the elements for hours.
- If you are visiting Dunedin on a Sunday, the local astronomical society opens the Beverley-Begg Observatory to the public from 7:30pm for $5.
- The lights can occasionally be viewed from Christchurch, Wellington, and even Auckland. But basically the further south you travel, the better they get.