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.

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.