If you've a hankering to see the stars from an antipodean perspective, check out the Whakatane Observatory. With no city lights to obscure the view, the skies here rate among the clearest in the country. Showings are obviously weather dependent, however on a good night you will see in stark clarity sights such as the "jewel box," a cluster of multi-colored stars near the Southern Cross. Nighttime presentations are informal and informative, led by local astrologer Norm Izett.
Hurinui Ave., Whakatane, 3120, New Zealand