About us

Welcome to Stonehenge Aotearoa

We are Kay Leather and Richard Hall

Our story

Astronomer Richard Hall, wanted to create an astronomical park and a learning centre for astronomy, geology and sciences in a dark-sky site. He founded the Phoenix Astronomical Society who first built two observatories and equipped them with telescopes.

Stonehenge Aotearoa came out of a course that Richard Hall and Kay Leather taught called “Mysteries of the Night Sky”. The audience was fascinated with stone circles, pyramids and ancient astronomical sites. This led to the creation of Stonehenge Aotearoa. Richard and Kay applied for a grant from MORST administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The purpose of the grant was to interest people in science who would normally not be interested.

The building finished in 2005 and it was a community project for the Phoenix Astronomical Society. The survey and calculations for the henge were done by Bob Adam.

Richard and Kay wanted a practical open-sky observatory inspired by, and built on a similar scale, to the famous Stonehenge in England. Read more about the Stonehenge here.