The most accessible viewpoint within Rakiura Dark Sky Sanctuary to enjoy the night sky.
Observation Rock path from near
48 Excelsior Road
Oban Stewart Island
+64 3 219 0009
Summer solstice (DEC) sunset around 9:40pm
Winter solstice (JUN) sunset around 5:05pm
What's on offer
No formal tours here - pickup a Rakiura DarkSky brochure.
Most likely place in NZ to see the (unpredictable) Aurora Australis. Winter is best as in mid-summer the sky is only dark enough for a few hours around 1 a.m.
Take care in the dark as (at time of publication) there is no railing at the edge of the rock viewing platform.
(Phone number, email, and website is for Dept. of Conservation who manage the park around Observation Rock. They do not offer guided tours.)