Kaikoura, being a tiny town of just 2150, emits very little light pollution, meaning the night sky here is spectacular. Best viewed over the ocean, you can see hundreds of twinkling stars and constellations.
Once a year, Halley’s Comet spawns the Eta Aquarids meteor shower. It was a surreal experience to stand under the dark sky at 4 in the morning as shooting stars fell around us, waves crashing on the beach just a few feet away.
Featured image by Katie of Albatross Backpackers.