Star Safari

From NZD $27.00
  • Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Carterton , Wairarapa
  • Product code: STASA

Stargazing. Big Telescopes. Space Shop. Astrophotography. Space Science Communication. Virtual Night Sky Tours. 

Share an evening of space and astronomy with professional space science communicators Hari Mogoșanu and Sam Leske. We talk about the night sky, space, astrophysics, astrobiology, telescopes, Mars, life in the Universe and even aliens. When we are not stargazing, we teach space science communication in our portable planetarium in schools around New Zealand. 

Size does matter

You look at the sky through big telescopes. We have the best equipment for stargazing in Wairarapa -  top quality astronomical gear that include two 405 mm (16") telescopes, equipped with top of the range eyepieces - because when looking at the stars, every detail matters.

Our telescopes are significantly larger than portable telescopes. 

They have three times the light gathering ability of the portable telescopes used by other night sky tourism operators in Wairarapa.  

If the sky is cloudy, Star Safari is still on as we take a night sky virtual tour with our professional planetarium software and explore the solar system with augmented reality models. 

Hari is the Creative Producer of the latest New Zealand planetarium show – Ngā Tohunga Whakatere – The Navigators, we share from her experience of creating the movie, working with the navigators, biases and mindsets in understanding culture explained through astronomical knowledge by looking at different systems of understanding the night sky. 


Sam is very skilled at finding deep sky objects in the night sky. If you want to see faint galaxies, strange nebulae and things not many people can find, then join us. Read here for the sorts of things we look at in our telescopes.


We also use Astroreality 3D Printed Augmented Reality products, which you can also buy in our shop. We have our own astronomy and space shop, that is open during Star Safari.

How to get here

Follow the map on our Star Safari website that has detailed information on how to get here.

The address is 1169 Ponatahi Road and our observatories are on top of the hill. Once you get to the gate, follow our signs to the top of the hill. 

The location is on a working farm so please drive slowly and be cautious of any animals. 

The last part of the drive is on gravel road. Drive gently and consistently and stick to the road.

What to bring

Dress warm for outdoor activities in an exposed environment. A good jacket, hat and gloves are advised as well as warm footwear. 

Terms and Conditions for a YearPass

A YearPass or Half-YearPass entitles you to visit as many times as you like for a year or half a year, during the times we are open for Star Safari. Look for further instructions in the confirmation email. The passes are for the names entered when the passes are purchased and are non-transferable, so please make sure you enter the correct details. 

Carterton District Residents must provide proof of address. 

You can bring up to two under 15 for the sessions and you must register each of them when you book the ticket.