A mesmerising swirl of vibrant green and pink lights, the Aurora Australis is harder to catch than its northern counterpart. Winter months promise more regular occurrences, but if you’re lucky you could witness the stunning display of solar wind reacting with natural gases any time of the year from the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, a 3-hour drive south-west from Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand.

Aspiring photographers, adventure seekers or hopeless romantics you’re in luck. We’ve compiled the best tours offering you a chance of seeing the Southern Lights in New Zealand and a couple of great accommodation options close by.