Story: Stewart Island/Rakiura

Aurora australis from Stewart Island

Aurora australis from Stewart Island

Stewart Island is located at 47° south, an excellent place from which to see the southern lights – the aurora australis. Stewart Island’s Māori name, Rakiura, translates as ‘glowing skies’.

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Carl Walrond, 'Stewart Island/Rakiura - New Zealand’s third main island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 May 2015