What can you do at Stonehenge Aotearoa?

From here, you can explore the Universe and rediscover the knowledge of our ancestors.

We are a fully functional astronomical observatory, aligned to New Zealand’s sky, inspired by the original 4000 years old pre-historic monument, Stonehenge. We host four key events each equinox and solstice marking each of the four seasons, Matariki Dawn observances, and many other events throughout the year. Every Friday and Saturday, weather permitting, we open our powerful telescopes and gaze at the dark Wairarapa sky.

The telescope viewing is weather-dependant. When the sky is cloudy, we provide a full tour of the henge at night. Check the weather updates on the Star-Safari page.

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 we host a night guided tour of the henge followed by stargazing, weather permitting.

Bookings essential.

Take
the Stonehenge Experience

By appointment. Bookings essential!


Or check out our Saturday courses.

3
October2020
Telescope Course Everything you need to know if you want a telescope or your current one is getting dusty. A 1-day telescope course on Saturdays
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2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
10
October2020
Astrophotography Course4 hours of astrophotography theory followed by 3 hours observing – weather permitting.
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2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
17
October2020
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.
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2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
24
October2020
Introduction to AstronomyWe cover basics of astronomy. Great course for teachers, students or astronomy enthusiasts. Observing is weather dependant.
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2pm-6pm and night time observingStonehenge Aotearoa
Friday 13 November 7PM – Celestial Navigation
Crossing the oceans has been a human achievement for thousands of years but how did those navigators find their way when there was no land, no mountains or familiar coastlines. Today …
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, …

Stonehenge Aotearoa

Located in the beautiful Wairarapa,
Stonehenge Aotearoa is the place where you can
learn about the sky and the earth.

Our courses

We also offer courses in astronomy, stargazing, astrophotography and telescopes. A Mars exhibition is coming soon too!

Stars

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson
did you know?

Stars are powered by nuclear fusion. Planets are made from stars leftovers. Most stars hang out in pairs.