Dark Sky

The stars are aligned for Wairarapa as we have just received official Dark Sky Reserve status. This means our night sky is among the best places in the world to view the never-ending star filled skies above. Just an hour's drive from Wellington, Wairarapa is arguably the most accessible dark sky destination in the world. 

With remarkably low light pollution, some pretty cool star-crazy locals and the region’s location at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail SH2, the sky is the limit.

Check out our dark sky experiences, Star SafariUnder the Stars and Stonehenge Aotearoa. A must do this summer is the Wairarapa Space Science Centre  - a pop up exhibition with interative fun and open everyday in Carterton. The Space Science Centre has a free Dark Skies exhibition 'Look After Our Night Sky' where you can learn more about our Dark Sky Reserve.

Dark Sky Events

Friday 17 - Sunday 19 February, Stonehenge Aotearoa Carterton
A three-day convention of talks, workshops and observation sessions for anyone interested in the night sky from beginners to experienced astronomers. Check out the full programme here and register as soon as possible by email to secretary@astronomynz.org.nz.

Star Safari
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, Ponatahi Road Carterton
A guided tour of the night sky through powerful telescopes (weather permitting) from experienced space science communicators Hari and Sam. Kids under 15 are free. Book here.

Wairarapa Space Science Centre
10am - 4pm each day, Cnr Holloway & High Street Carterton
Take a trip to the International Space Station, drive a mini-Mars rover, take an awe-inspiring trip through the local Universe in a planetarium dome and much more. It's free to visit the pop-up exhibition 'Look After Our Night Sky' to learn more about our new Dark Sky Reserve! Last day is Waitangi Day Monday 6 Feb. Learn more here.

Stay the night!

Astronomy events always happen at night, so makes sense to stay!  Book your accommodation here or call our i-SITE Visitor Information Centres to book for you.