The Dark Skies initiative in Kaikōura was formed in 2020 by a group of passionate volunteers and local astronomers. Since then the trust has grown to encompass local businesses, residents and local government organisations. Together they believe achieving International Dark Sky Sanctuary status will benefit Kaikōura’s economy, our unique environment and the health of our community. It’s aim is to achieve International Dark Sky Accredited early in 2024. The International Dark Sky Association is an organisation which has led the worldwide movement since 1988 to protect the night from light pollution.
Sanctuaries are the most remote (and often darkest) places in the world whose conservation state is most fragile. An IDA Dark Sky Sanctuary is classified as public or private land that has an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment.
Through the accreditation process we aim to encourage the enjoyment of our wonderful night sky, increase the protection of our environment and ecological systems, improve the health and wellbeing of our community and enhance our economic opportunities through astro-tourism.
Follow us on this exciting journey via the Kaikōura Dark Sky Trust website.
Self-guided star gazing in Kaikōura