Stonehenge Aoteroa

The Hub of Astronomy in Wairarapa



Stonehenge Aoteroa is New Zealand's unique open air astronomical observatory, built following ancient knowledge of the stone circles and adapted to the conditions of New Zealand. We look forward to seeing you here during our regular opening hours and for special events.

You can visit the henge anytime we are open, without having to make any appointment. Check out our opening hours below. A map of the Stonehenge Aotearoa structure and a short audio-visual explaining how the stones work are included in the visit.

Covid-19 entry requirements: Wear a mask; Keep a 1m distance; Have fun

Open: for self-guided tours. Private Guided Tours by arrangement.
Or you can book directly through the booking system.

Opening Hours

Daytime: 10am to 4pm
Evening: by appointment
January: every day to the 30th
February - May: Wednesday to Sunday
Sat 11th February - closed
June - August: Weekends
September to December: Wednesday to Sunday

We are closed December 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, then open every day from December 27th.

Phone 06 377 1600.

Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve
Wairarapa receives Dark Sky Reserve Status

"Thanks to half a decade of advocacy by a small group of local volunteers, seeking answers in the stars will be preserved in Wairarapa for generations to come, now that the International Dark-Sky Association [IDA] has finally granted the region Dark Sky Reserve status." - (Times Age)

UNESCO's Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative
As featured on UNESCO's Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative website

RASNZ newsletter with the official report on the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve

Video courtesy of Jack TK Lee

Learn about the cycles of nature, movements of celestial bodies and archeoastronomy: how our ancestors have understood the phenomena in the sky, how they used these phenomena and what role the sky played in their cultures.

Listen to, or watch, the Arrow FM broadcasts on our Arrow FM Night Sky page
Arrow FM

Book a daytime guided tour

You will learn about the henge and its link with the past, with ancient civilisations and Māori starlore, Polynesian navigation and archeoastronomy.

Our regular programme


Please remember to keep a safe distance between yourselves and others and wear a mask when near others or in the Visitors' Centre or AV room.

Prebooking and prepayment are encouraged.

September to December 23, Wed to Sunday.


Things To Do At Stonehenge


You are able to visit the henge at any time by arrangement. See our opening hours below. You can book a private tour with Richard Hall any time, daytime or sunset. Must be arranged in advance.

opening hours



The programme begins with a presentation on the current night sky which includes an audio-visual. This is followed by, weather permitting, a laser tour of the night sky. From 1 September, 2022, Star treks are available any evening by appointment.

Bookings are essential, to book, please contact Stonehenge Aotearoa directly: Email: 06 3771600


The Deep Space Tour begins with an astronomical presentation and an audio-visual. This is followed by, weather permitting, telescope viewing of celestial objects. From 20 September, 2022, Deep Space Tours are available any evening by appointment.

Bookings are essential, to book, please contact Stonehenge Aotearoa directly: Email: 06 3771600


The Under the Stars team will also run telescope observing sessions near Stonehenge Aotearoa, whenever available. For further information, contact Chris, email:

get in touch


Wai Tours' Pamela Feiertag offers a shuttle service for transport to and from Stonehenge Aotearoa. Call 0284102614

book a ride

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, tours, exhibitions, courses and much more at Stonehenge Aotearoa.


Stardate Festival 2023

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February: Explore the wonders of our Universe.
Night sky tours, Photography, Movies, Astro-Telescopes, Barbeques, Lectures.
Email: 06 3771600

Download The Stardate Programme

The Night Sky

Click here for the latest Night Sky on Arrow FM

Venue Hire

Stonehenge Aotearoa is available for private functions – birthdays, and special occasions by arrangement.


We also offer our venue for weddings too! Here's a testimonial from a recent event:

"A Shoutout to Kay and Richard of Stonehenge Aotearoa. We've just celebrated our daughter's wedding. We started hunting for a venue in June, 2021 for an Easter wedding in April, 2022. We visited quite a few venues. We settled on Stonehenge, Aotearoa for several reasons, our daughter's partner doing his Masters in Astronomy being the absolute clincher.

It was the perfect venue. It was truly a lucky find. Not only was it unique and beautiful, the owners, Kay and Richard, went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating. Comparing prices, I would say their rates were very reasonable.

And we couldn't have managed without the help of our Events Manager, MJ (0274580035). She organized a superb grazing table for us and took on board all the little pre-wedding tasks we entrusted her with. In a nutshell, I think MJ is efficient, flexible and her prices are reasonable. Both Stonehenge and MJ have earned a ton of gratitude from us all. Others who helped: Our regular handyman (Thank you, Jason) and Festival Hire ( Highly recommended!)"

Khoty Mathur (mother of the Bride)


Guide only to basic charges (charges may vary with individual requirements):

  • Opening hours: $400 per hour (GST inclusive)
  • When not open $300 per hour (GST inclusive)
  • Hall hire (minimum charge $100) or $10 per participant if combined charges are over the minimum.

Send us a message if you would like more information or wish to make a booking:


Latest news and updates from Stonehenge Aotearoa:

Latest Photos By Jack T Lee

Thanks to Jack for these wonderful photos from the recent Stars and Stones event:

Henge and Milky Way at distance
Heelstone with setting sun
Black and white henge
Sunset and shadows

Blood Super Moon Lunar Eclipse 2021

Thanks to John Forsyth for these wonderful photos of the blood supermoon earlier in May 2021:

Blood Supermoon 2021
Blood Supermoon Phases 2021