wairarapa dark sky reserve

Look up! Our Wairarapa skies are filled with epic action and stars galore.

Wairarapa is an official Dark Sky Reserve status meaning our night sky is among the best places in the world to view the never-ending star filled skies above. We’re pretty lucky to have a Dark Sky Reserve right on our doorstep and only an hour’s drive from Wellington.

Currently the Reserve covers Carterton and South Wairarapa districts, and it is aiming to expand to Masterton. This will protect dark skies in unspoilt locations across the region. Viewing the night sky from special places like Castlepoint will be preserved for future generations. Watch this space! 

We can all spot the Southern Cross and the Pot but there’s much more to see! Experts at local dark sky tours, can guide you through the sky with telescopes to help make sense of what’s up above.