Lee read about the Eta Aquarids meteor shower last weekend in the paper. Better in the Southern hemisphere (finally that works for us!), a new moon for an extra dark night, and a clear sky forecast.
We got up at 2:30 AM and drove a long hour north to one of the recommended viewing spots, Tāwharanui Regional Park. We parked right near the beach, which is probably a really nice beach in daylight.
We sat in the chilly air under a blanket for about an hour and a half, listening to the waves. We certainly saw some shooting stars, but we kinda hoped for more, and more dramatic. We saw almost as many satellites, actually.
But after the sun came up we went into town and ate fried chicken for breakfast. And a danish. And a scone. So that was actually really awesome.