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.
You will learn about the henge and its link with the past, with ancient civilisations and Māori starlore, Polynesian navigation and archeoastronomy.
BOOK A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
VISIT THE HENGE
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.
TAKE A STAR SAFARI AT NIGHT
Every Friday and Saturday, visit the space and astronomy experience called Star-Safari, which is a social enterprise that brings access to the night sky for everyone.
Check out the upcoming events, tours, exhibitions, courses and much more at Stonehenge Aotearoa.
Guided tours of Stonehenge by Richard Hall. Booking tours is essential, which can be done below:BOOK ONLINE
June 5th. For over 6,000 years, throughout Europe and Asia, the dawn rising of the Pleiades star cluster was the most significant, celebrated of events. A talk by Richard Hall.BOOK ONLINE
Learn about the traditions occurring around the shortest day! Watch the sun set over the heel stone (weather permitting) followed by a presentation by Richard Hall of the tales and history of the Winter Solstice over both time and culturesTALES OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
An exhibition of the planets is held in the main theatre at Stonehenge Aotearoa.
Fri/Sat nights, or by appointment. A space and astronomy experience including stargazing if the stars are visible.
We hold key events each year: the equinoxes and solstices, marking each of the four seasons and Matariki – tales and knowledge (May) and Matariki, finding the waka and the house” in the evening sky (Nov).VIEW ALL
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:
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Thanks to John Forsyth for these wonderful photos of the blood supermoon earlier in May 2021: