Come celebrate the Spring Equinox with us!

Have you ever wondered about what other people traditionally do around this day of the year? Why don’t you join us at Stonehenge to find out?

We have two events scheduled,

The Celebration of the Spring Equinox

This is a talk by Richard Hall, and weather permitting, we will also watch the Sun set over the Equinox heel stone.

Sunday the 20th of September from 4:30PM to 6PM

SUNSET VIEWING

Just join us observing the sunset from the Henge.

Wednesday the 23 of September at 6PM

23rd, the day of the equinox when we do a sunset viewing.

white and red cherry blossom flowers
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In the ancient world the Spring Equinox (Albin Eilir, Te Koanga) was a time to celebrate … it was the time of the return of life on Earth following the harsh northern hemisphere winter, the restoration of food supplies. For much of history it marked the beginning of the year and, to this day it plays a major role in world religions. In this presentation we explore the stories from antiquity of how our ancestors explained the nature of the universe which formed a foundation to world religions.

Stonehenge Aotearoa is New Zealand’s only open air observatory. It has been built specifically to explain how people in the old times, our ancestors, were observing the passage of seasons and stars. Many of these Stonehenges around the world now lay in ruin. Stonehenge Aotearoa is a fully functional henge, the biggest astronomical instrument in New Zealand. Learn how to use the henge to mark the Equinox!