What's On: Wairarapa's Stellar Space Events

Welcome to our guide to space events in Wairarapa! Whether you're a lifelong space enthusiast or a casual stargazer, www.wairarapa.space is your go-to destination to discover a galaxy of events right here in our region.
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Happy Perihelion

Did you know that when Earth is at perihelion, it reaches the spectacular orbital speed of 109044 km/hour? That’s 1363 times faster than the legal speed on Wairarapa’s SH2.

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stargazing in wairarapa

Wairarapa is one of the best stargazing places in the world. 

Which is why, it has been recognised as the worlds’ 21st dark sky reserve. 

Find out more about the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve here.

Star Safari Observatory

Operating from Ponatahi road, 11km from Martinborough, Star Safari Observatory is nestled on a ridge to the east of Greytown and Carterton. It has an exceptionally dark sky and many telescopes including two 16″. Open for public or book an exclusive experience.

Free for 15 and under and there is no minimum age limit. 


Every weekend and every day during school holidays. 

The Phoenix Astronomical Society Observatory

Operates on an elevated site east of Carterton. Open for members only. The Society has regular monthly meetings and sessions for viewing with the telescope after the meetings if the weather permits and if operators are available. 

There are also annual star dates.


Monthly meetings, star dates 

Under the Stars

Mobile stargazing tour company. They come to you at your home or holiday accommodation in Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve. They bring everything you need to keep you warm and comfortable while guiding you through the wonders of the night sky.


Check out their availability on their website

Also check out our
dark sky-friendly
accomodation providers

We look forward to seeing you in Wairarapa