It’s not everyday that a giant, cosmic entity lights up the sky with an intergalactic aura—completely kicking a regular full moon to the curb. To tell you the truth, it’s been a good 150 years since a moon was packing this much heat at one time… reow. It’s no surprise then that despite having zero expertise in science—or space—we are completely and utterly amped to watch this cosmic light show! It’s simply one of those evenings that cannot be missed.
So to ensure you have the best solar viewing spot possible, here’s the best places to watch this super blue-blood moon eclipse in Auckland. #noted.
Stardome Observatory Planetarium
To celebrate this celestial phenomena, the Auckland Stardome is hosting a Lunar Eclipse Special Sighting event. This, my friends, is going to be rad on so many levels. They’re hooking it up with NASA live streams, moon astrophotography workshops, chances to look through the Zeiss telescope as well as an entire room dedicated to the Lunar Exhibition. Opening at 8pm on the tonight, the Stardome ain’t shutting it’s doors until 3am—inviting everyone to come in their PJ’s! Sorry Blare Waldorf, but your infamous sleepovers are now officially second best.
When something this big is about to happen, why not make an evening of it? Pack up your car with blankets, pillows and all the picnic essentials and begin the roadie to one of Auckland’s most-loved beaches. What’s hard to beat during the day, Tawharanui is equally as exceptional at night. This may just be the perfect spot to sit back, soak up the views and watch the wonderful moon do it’s thang. P.S. We may have just gifted you with the perfect ingredients to an evening of utter romance. Any opportunity to impress, right?
Great Barrier Island
Considering Great Barrier is one of three Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world, we are absolutely #blessed to have it at our doorstop. This is the spot where the sky meets the ocean, away from the big city where light pollution is minimal and dark skies are shining. On a normal visit to Great Barrier, the views are out of this world, we literally cannot fathom this spot with a frickin’ super blue-blood moon! If a cheeky mid-week getaway is on the cards, make sure it’s en route here.
Located en route to Piha, Anawhata makes for a more secretive moon gazing spot. Away from the hustle and bustle, take your pick between a spot on the raised hill or head for the chilled out beach below. Our West Coast beaches are known for showcasing some of the best cosmic shows. All it takes is a short drive out of the City to see what the galaxy has to offer. We’re thinking a gigantic takeaway order of Fish and Chips alongside a few cold brews could take this starry-eyed sitch to the next level. Duh, food makes everything more enjoyable.
A ferry ride is the perfect addition to a cosmic light show, so why not head to Waiheke for an evening of delicacies. Book a table at one of the island's restaurants and dedicate the evening to good food, great wine and a sensational galactic show. Grab a BnB for the evening, pitch up a tent or time your returned ferry ride with the Moons peak moment. However you choose to spend the evening, Waiheke Island has you covered.
Shakespeare Regional Park
The spot to be for those embarking on a nomad lifestyle, Shakespeare Regional Park is our inner-city escape we can’t get enough of. A short 45-minute drive out of the city lands you at this ideal star gazing spot. Boasting one of the best camp grounds in Auckland, pitch up your tent, chuck some bangers on the BBQ and lax out with the moons beauty at your fingertips. What’s best, the surrounding beach makes for the perfect morning shower—it’s a win-win.
Mount Eden Village
Seeing this solar light show doesn’t have to mean travelling far. Simply go for a stroll up Mount Eden as the sun goes down and prepare to have your mind blown. It’s no secret that Circus Circus do some of the best hot drinks in town, and it’s just our luck that their doors are open until the late evening. Pick up some takeaway lattes and a cheeky slice of their infamous choccy cake and watch the nights action without the admin of driving far. Lazy persons guide, right here.