Explore the night sky from the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve, one of the best places for stargazing in the world, and discover New Zealand’s most famous constellations.
- 2 x 16″ telescopes (405 mm aperture)
- Some of the darkest skies easily accessible in Wairarapa
- Professional space science communicators
- Top quality astronomical gear
- Elevated site with fantastic horizon
- 10 minutes from Martinborough and Carterton
Wairarapa Stargazing and Astronomy Tours
Share an evening of space and astronomy with Hari and Sam using the best telescope equipment in Wairarapa.
We stargaze from a fabulous location on top of a hill where you can admire a panorama of Ponatahi Valley.
Stargaze, look through our telescopes, take photos of the night sky, learn about astronomy or simply come with us for a virtual trip to the edge of the Cosmos if the weather is cloudy.
Discover the Night Sky Outside
Star Safari is a 90-minute night sky experience where we talk about astronomy, space, astrophysics, astrobiology, telescopes, Mars, life in the universe and even aliens.
Our connection with the night sky started billions of years ago. It is that connection, looking back at the Universe from our special planet that we seek to show you firsthand.
Embark on a celestial adventure in Wairarapa’s awe-inspiring night skies, where top-tier telescopes and expert guides provide unrivalled stargazing experiences.
Proudly operating from within the world’s 21st Dark Sky Reserve, the Star Safari Observatory is nestled between Martinborough and Carterton, offering a perfect retreat from light pollution and revealing a dazzling array of celestial wonders.
Access State-of-the-Art Equipment and Immersive Experiences
Marvel at the heavens through the largest telescopes for public use in Wairarapa, boasting the finest eyepieces on the market. When clouds obscure the skies, embark on a virtual journey with our planetarium software and VR headsets, transporting you to the Moon or the International Space Station.
Savour the Night Sky in Comfort and Style
Relax on a Moon chair or cozy bean bag as you indulge in hot chocolate or tea, contemplating humanity’s future and our connection to space exploration.
Bring your 15 and under for free.
At Star Safari, we believe inspiration should be free – that’s why everyone aged 15 and under enjoys complimentary access to the wonders of the cosmos!
Our stargazing start times vary throughout the year, based on sunset. We usually hold multiple sessions per night.
Have something special to celebrate? Why not do it under Wairarapa’s amazing stars with us? Get a night sky experience just for you with Star Safari.