Star-Safari is a space and astronomy experience under the dark skies of Wairarapa. Includes a night sky laser tour (stargazing) & looking at the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Kids Free (15 and under). Bring your camera.
Stargazing. Big Telescopes. Space Shop. Astrophotography. Space Science Communication. Virtual Night Sky Tours.
Share an evening of space and astronomy with Astrobiologist and Space Science Communicator Hari Mogosanu and Space Science Communicator Sam Leske. We talk about the night sky, space, astrophysics, astrobiology, telescopes, Mars, life in the universe and even aliens.
You look at the sky through big telescopes. We have top quality astronomical gear: two 405 mm (16") telescopes, equipped with top of the range eyepieces - because when looking at the stars, every detail matters.
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.
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.