Welcome to stonehenge Aotearoa

New Zealand’s only open air astronomical observatory welcomes you to explore the Universe and rediscover the knowledge of our ancestors. We look forward to seeing you here during our opening hours and for special events.

You can visit the henge anytime we are open, without having to make any appointment. A map of the Stonehenge Aotearoa structure and a short audio-visual explaining how the stones work are included in the visit.
Our regular programme is:

Visit the Henge

10:00AM – 4:00PM

We are open from Wednesday to Sunday.

From May to July – Saturday, Sunday and on Queen’s Birthday
From 1st of August to 22nd of December – Wednesday to Sunday and Labour Day.
From 28th of December to 31st of January – We are open every day!
From February to April – Wednesday to Sunday and Anzac Day.

Star safari

Friday and Saturday

From 1st of May to 30th of September 7:30PM – 10:30PM
From 1st of October to 30th of April 8:30PM – 11:30PM

At night time, on Fridays and Saturdays we are delighted to open the gates to the Universe with our stargazing with telescope programme, called Star Safari. You can find more details about it here.

Stonehenge Aotearoa is unique in New Zealand and internationally and was inspired by the original 4000 years old pre-historic monument, Stonehenge. The modern version you will see here is an open air observatory where you can learn about the cycles of nature, movements of celestial bodies and cultures and traditions from Aotearoa and around the world.

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What can you do at Stonehenge Aotearoa?

Star Safari telescope viewing is weather-dependant. Check here for updates on the weather. NEXT STAR SAFARI WILL BE FRIDAY 8 AUGUST.

ANytime – self guided tour

Come and see the henge anytime during our opening hours without any appointment!

Besides that, you can also:

JOin us
for a guided tour

By appointment. Bookings essential!

Venture
on a star safari

Every Friday and Saturday. Bookings essential.

Take
the Stonehenge Experience

By appointment. Bookings essential!


Or check out our Saturday courses.

8
August2020
Astrophotography Course4 hours of astrophotography theory followed by 3 hours observing – weather permitting.
Find out more details.
2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
15
August2020
Stargazing Course Introduction to the Night Sky for absolute beginners. You will know your way around the night sky and what to do for next steps. Observing is weather dependant.
Find out more details.
2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
22
August2020
Introduction to AstronomyWe cover basics of astronomy. Great course for teachers, students or astronomy enthusiasts. Observing is weather dependant.
Find out more details.
2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
8
September2020
Telescope CourseAre you thinking of buying a telescope or do you have one already but don’t know how to use it? If so, then this course is for you. Observing is weather dependant.
Find out more details.
2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
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Learn

We offer a selection of science courses in stargazing, introduction to astronomy, telescope courses and astrophotography. These are held mostly every Saturday from 2:00PM to 6:00PM and are followed by a STAR SAFARI with our astronomers, weather permitting.


We also have an upcoming Mars exhibition, which will be the first Mars permanent exhibition for New Zealand. We look forward to seeing you here for all these events.

VENTURE WITH US BEYOND EARTH!

What’s in the night sky this month? Listen to our free podcast

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Community Events

Part of our special events we organise music concerts, fairs, and we welcome our community for functions, weddings, anniversaries, memorials and family festivals.

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