North will get best view of eclipse
Northland is a prime spot for viewing today's partial solar eclipse.
The eclipse will start over Australia just after sunrise and be visible as a partial or 87 per cent eclipse here beginning at 9.18am, reaching maximum coverage at 10.28am, and ending at 11.44am.
The best view will be in Northland - 89.4 per cent - at Cape Reinga where it will start at 9.35am.
Deborah Hambly from Skydome Observatory at Baylys Beach says Northland is closer to the central path which means a better view.
"I'm really excited about it.
"It will be the closest to a total eclipse that I've ever witnessed, it's going to be pretty dark." An eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun casting a shadow on the Earth.
The northern parts of Australia are the only land areas that will experience the total eclipse.
There will not be a better eclipse in New Zealand until 2035.
The Skydome Observatory will be open for viewing from 9.15am till 11.30am. $8 adults, $4 children. Special filters used 9.15am to 11.30.
Warning: Special optical filters must be used. Do not look at the Sun with the naked eye or you risk blindness. See: stardome.org.nz/