walk with us among the stars


We teach about telescopes, astrophotography, astronomy and stargazing, observations, what’s in the sky and orientation by the stars.

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the night sky

1169 Ponatahi Road, Carterton, Wairarapa 

Star Safari Observatory is only a ten minutes drive from Martinborough, on 1169 Ponatahi Road, perched atop a beautiful hill in the middle of the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve.

Not only do you get to see some of the fabulous landscapes of Wairarapa from up here, but the observatory’s location also boasts some of New Zealand’s darkest night skies, with a peak darkness reading of 21.87 on our TESS-W meter (as of November 2023) —a testament to the unrivalled clarity of our nights.

New Zealand
One of the best stargazing places in the world

Learn about your telescope, the night sky, light pollution, astrophotography and what's in the sky.
The core of the Milky Way - photo @milkywaykiwi

Star Safari Observatory is our stargate to the Universe.

Star Safari Observatory