Star Safari

From NZD $75.00
  • Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Carterton , Wairarapa
  • Product code: *Safari


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.


Join Hari, an accomplished astrobiologist, and Sam, a seasoned space science communicator, as they share their passion for the cosmos. Hari's impressive résumé includes Mars Desert Research Station training and European Space Agency Astronaut Selection, while Sam's expertise is rooted in his time as an airforce pilot and intelligence officer. Together, they form an extraordinary duo dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of the Universe.


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.  

We're not here to tell your fortune – we're here to share the marvels of the Universe through the lens of science. 

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! 


Join us for an unforgettable stargazing experience in the heart of Aotearoa, within the prestigious Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve. Visit for directions and for additional information and terms and conditions.

Star Safari Observatory: Home to Giant Telescopes, a Space Shop, Astrophotography, Space Science Communication, and Virtual Night Sky Tours! 

Please check the directions here:  

More information, as well as our terms and conditions here 

Important Information 

We operate on a farm. Therefore, for your safety, bookings are essential for Star Safari. If you have questions about the location, don't hesitate to contact us - DO NOT VISIT without a booking.  

Follow the Star Safari website map with 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. 

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 a gravel road. Again, drive gently and consistently and stick to the road.
Dress warmly for outdoor activities in an exposed environment. A good jacket, hat, gloves, and warm footwear are advised. 

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 purchased and are non-transferable, so please ensure 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 when you book the ticket.