One glance at the abundance of flight deals to Iceland and Scandinavia is all you need to know that today’s travelers are obsessed with catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. A hemisphere away, though, the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights are reaching their prime viewing season.
Like their northern neighbors, the green sheets of light congregate near the South Pole. Aside from Antarctica or space, the best spots to catch the aurora are Tasmania, New Zealand and Patagonia. In addition to searching for the Southern Lights, you’ll have the opportunity to gaze upon constellations only visible below the equator such as the Southern Cross, the Swordfish and the Bird of Paradise, goals for any avid stargazer.
With a little help from TripAdvisor Rentals, we’ve rounded up eight bases for aurora enthusiasts. Flip through the gallery above to see our picks (way) down south.
1. Library House Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania. 2. Hobart Waterfront, Hobart, Tasmania. 3. Highview Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. 4. Cabana en Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina. 5. Hermosa y Acogedora Cabana, Patagonia, Argentina. 6. Beachview Bellerive, Greater Hobart, Tasmania. 7. Waterfront Retreat, Greater Hobart, Tasmania. 8. Villa Lane, Invercargill, New Zealand.
Sarra Sedghi is the assistant editor of Paste’s food and science sections.