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.

June: We are open weekends & public holidays and anytime for private tours

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

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.

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


10:00AM – 4:00PM
Open any time by arrangement, for private tours

June, open Sat & Sun and Queen’s birthday (Monday, June 7)

July, open Sat & Sun and every day during school holidays, July 10-25
From 1st of August to 22nd of December – Wednesday to Sunday and Labour Day.
From 28th of December to 31st of January – We are open every day!
From February to June – Wednesday to Sunday and Anzac Day.



Visit the space and astronomy experience called Star-Safari, which is a social enterprise that brings access to the night sky for everyone.


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

Upcoming Events & Courses

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

The Night Sky

Arrow FM 9:30am Tuesday July 20th
Journey to Alpha Centauri

Come with us on a journey to the nearest stars where we will explore the nature and environments of new worlds recently discovered. On our journey outwards we will also encounter Pluto, an outer world of the Solar System frozen in time.
Presented by Richard Hall from Stonehenge Aotearoa

This Island Earth

7pm Thursday July 22 at Café Medici, 9 Kitchener Street, Martinborough

Presentation by Richard Hall: When we look at the night sky, from a clear dark site, we see thousands of stars. Each of these stars is a distant sun and, orbiting around these stars, are planets. Our world, with its complex biology, may be just one of a vast multitude of islands in space and time. What may have evolved on these worlds? In this presentation we explore a disturbing statement by Arthur C. Clark: “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

Tour of the Planets

5pm Sunday August 15 and 6pm Thursday August 19 at Stonehenge Aotearoa

A rare event occurs in late August. All of the five planets that can be seen with the unaided eye will be visible in our evening night sky. The evening begins with a special presentation in which we explore Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This will include the latest discoveries concerning these exotic worlds. This will be followed, weather permitting, with a laser tour of the night sky and, viewing the planets through large telescopes. In addition, on the Thursday, there will be a conjunction of the planets Mercury and Mars.

Bookings are essential. Phone 06 377 1600.
Fee: Adults $20, Seniors $15, School students $5.

Spring Equinox

6pm Thursday September 23rd at Stonehenge Aotearoa

In the ancient world the Spring Equinox was a time to celebrate. It was the time of the return of life on Earth following the harsh northern hemisphere winter, the restoration of food supplies. Around the world, for much of history, it marked the beginning of the year and, to this day it plays a major role in world religions. In this presentation we explore the stories from antiquity of how our ancestors explained the nature of the universe, which in turn formed a foundation to world religions. Weather permitting the program will include viewing the Sun set over the Equinox Heel Stone.

Bookings are essential. Phone 06 377 1600.
Fee: Adults $20, Seniors $15, School students $5.

Venue Hire

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


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

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


Latest news and updates from Stonehenge Aotearoa:

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

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