The stars are aligning for Wairarapa as we become astro-tourism central. Just an hour over from the Wellington, Wairarapa is possibly 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.
Newly open is Star Field observatory complex and astronomy. Just 10-minutes from the Martinborough Town Square, Star Field will offer a “premium dark sky experience”. It complements two other established dark sky experiences, Stonehenge Aotearoa and Under the Stars.
A collective effort is currently underway for Wairarapa to be awarded Dark Sky Reserve Accreditation. We’ll be the largest dark sky reserve in the world!
Book for these summer night sky events:
Stonehenge Stargazing: Sun and Stars Stonehenge Aotearoa
Every Saturday night from 8pm (until January 25) till late look through their telescopes, peer into the depths of the Universe, learn about black holes, the lives of the stars, life in the Cosmos, rockets, spaceflight and all things space.
Sundown is the time of Solstice -mid-summer in the southern hemisphere. Stonehenge Aotearoa, have a special presentation on legends associated with the solstice and the event will include viewing the Sun set over the Equinox Heel Stone (weather permitting).
Stay the night!
Things are always looking up here - check out the Martinborough Star Gazing and Pick Your Own Lavender events on this summer.