Explore southern night sky treasures; Milky Way, Moon and planets from our pristine dark sky site using research grade telescope in rotating dome. Handle meteorites older than Earth, sit inside giant sundial, take a journey through our scale model solar system. Unique family activity. Free self-contained campervan parking overnight. Bookings essential. Boutique B&B onsite.
Take an amazing voyage of discovery through the special treasures of the southern night sky. Explore the Moon and/or planets from our dark sky site. Discover areas of star formation and death using our research grade telescope in the rotating dome. Sit inside the giant sundial and learn how stars and constellations were used by Maori to explore the Pacific.
Handle meteorites from space older than the Earth. Walk with us through the 25m long scale model solar system to understand its’ true size and our own place in the Universe. Follow our geological timeline from the Big Bang till the present day using ancient fossils and unique and rare mineral specimens to learn how the Earth developed and life evolved.
See Auckland Museum’s historic Spitz Planetarium in action once again.
An absolutely unique experience found nowhere else that we guarantee will change forever the way you view the sky.
Complimentary hot drinks
Take home pack with star charts and cardboard sundial
Solid piers for you to mount your own camera
Meet at Stargazers B&B, 9 School of Mines Lane, Kuaotunu, Whitianga.
- Coming from Whitianga:
Drive along Buffalo Beach Road (SH 25) north out of Whitianga, past Wharekaho (Simpsons) Beach and over the ranges towards Kuaotunu. After about 10km you start the long descent towards Kuaotunu: look for mailboxes on the left at ‘School of Mines Lane’ turnoff, about 2km before you get to Kuaotunu Beach and settlement. We are then first entrance on the left after crossing the small bridge.
- Coming from Thames:
From Thames, drive north towards Coromandel Town on SH 25 along the coast. Turn right 200m south of Coromandel Town towards Whangapoua and Whitianga on SH25. After about 40 minutes the first beach you reach is Kuaotunu Beach. Continue along beach and follow highway south and inland for about 2km. We are on the right…look for mailboxes at ‘School of Mines Lane’ turnoff. We are then first entrance on the left after crossing the small bridge.
Tours take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on numbers attending and start after dusk on most clear nights.
Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.
Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.
There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.
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