Experience the night sky

*********We’re still closed for Alert level 2 as the owners of Stonehenge Aotearoa have decided to remain closed***********

We operate on Fridays and Saturdays evenings and on long weekends from Stonehenge Aotearoa, the home of the Phoenix Astronomical Society, in the heart of Wairarapa. See directions below on how to get there.

Every Friday and Saturday, we take you on a space and astronomy experience,
called Star-Safari, which is a social enterprise that brings access to the night sky for everyone.

Get a fun, inspiring night with our elite science communicators: Hari, a TEDx-featured astrobiologist who interned at NASA and trained for Mars and Sam, who is pursuing his passion for astrophysics and stars.

Star Safari

Kids should not pay for inspiration. Bring your 15 and under for free!

Prices: Adults $15, School Students (16+) $5

We support the Phoenix Astronomical Society. A percentage of your ticket goes to them.

Our FAMILY DEAL is 15 and under are FREE when accompanied by adults
(see terms and conditions).

WHAT WE DO

WHEN THE STARS ARE VISIBLE


When the sky is clear, or even partially clear, we start with the telescope viewing. We don’t want you to miss a thing from our beautiful, dark night sky of the heavenly Wairarapa. At the end of the programme, we head to the Mars Exhibition for a short live presentation.

WHEN THE SKY IS CLOUDY


Sometimes the sky is cloudy, if that is the case, we start with the Mars Exhibition presentation and then gather in the Phoenix Astronomical Society’s Clubrooms for an interactive talk about the night sky and a flyby through the Universe. We use Astroreality 3D Printed Augmented Reality products, online telescopes from SLOOH and our own experience of the sky to bring the Universe to you.

INCLUDED in your ticket is access OUR OWN MARS EXHIBITION 

Our Mars exhibition is made with support from top Mars researchers by the New Zealand Astrobiology Network. We invite you to get a sneak peek of the Red Planet and learn about New Zealand’s contribution to Mars exploration.   

TELESCOPE VIEWING – ONLY WEATHER PERMITTING

If the weather is suitable for stargazing, when it is dark, you get to see what’s hidden inside the amazing night sky, looking through our giant telescopes.


Discover the night sky we love from the heart of Wairarapa.


NEED TRANSPORTATION? 

Get a shuttle from Wai Tours. Call Pamela on 028 410 2614 or email info@waitours.co.nz

WaiTours is our preferred transport supplier.


What to wear at a stargazing session?

We will be outside for most of the session. Please bring warm clothing, it gets cold at night. Dress as if you would go tramping in winter. Hats, gloves, and boots are highly recommended.

We look forward to seeing you here