Re: Nice one!
Indeed, I grew up in NZ and at university in Dunedin we would occasionally walk up the hill above the city and sit/lie star gazing. The Milky Way blazed overhead. One of us was a knowledgeable stargazer who would point out landmarks and pronounce on the 'satellite or meteorite' questions.
Dunedin is a city of 100k souls, 110k or so during term time. Yet the skies are still dark enough.
I miss the southern stars. In London you can hardly see any. Here in Dundee we can see some and reasonably dark skies are not far away. We saw the Aurora, faintly, from a dark beach along the coast from here.
Friends in Dunedin who lived up a south facing hill saw the Australis one from their house once. Dunedin is not far south of the 45thS parallel. So much further from the pole than Dundee is.