A full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington.
New Zealand’s very own Stonehenge, in the heart of rural Wairarapa, stands on a knoll above river flats with the grey-blue of the Tararua Ranges on the western horizon. It seems an odd place for something so fundamentally English but, when I understand its job, and that of the one on Salisbury Plains, the idea that these structures can be built anywhere makes sense.
To discover the secrets of Stonehenge Aotearoa and other stone circles we recommend that you book into one of our story-telling guided tours which provides a complete experience and is tailored to weather conditions. Our tours include tales from antiquity of the solstices, equinoxes and signs of the zodiac. You will discover how stones, posts and shadows were used to unlock mysteries of the earth and sky which formed a cornerstone to the rise of civilization.View Map
The work of Kay and Richard follows the insight of the nineteenth century elders in recording their knowledge in writing, by making that knowledge available in published form. Young and old people of today and tomorrow may look and learn to see the heavens from a Maori perspective.
Approximately 150 members of the Phoenix Astronomical society were involved at one time or another in the building of Stonehenge Aotearoa.
However, there was a core group of enthusiasts that were there every weekend, rain or fine, throughout the period of construction. These are our Beaker People, Graham Palmer, Chris Cahill, Alan Green, Geoffrey Dobson, Richard Hall (project manager) and Kay Leather (construction team manager).
Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington
Jan Open every day
February to April Wed to Sunday plus Easter Monday (April 22)
May to July Saturday & Sunday plus Queen's Birthday (June 3)
August to December 22 Wed to Sunday plus Labour Day (Oct 28)
Closed December 23 to 26 Open every day from December 27
There are separate price ranges for guided tours, self guided tours, private tours and special events.
Creation myths are the most ancient, perhaps dating to tens of thousands, rather than a few thousands of years. Encoded within these creation myths are knowledge and important information on the values and belief system of a people. In this book Maori legends from the Matorohanga manuscripts are explained in order to bring to light the fundamental basis and structure of Maori astronomy and cosmology.
Monthly Meetings are held in the AV room of Stonehenge Aotearoa, which also serves at the society's clubrooms. Each month there is a presentation followed by social time and telescope viewing if the weather and circumstances allow. If you become a regular visitor we would like you to become a member.
Stardate is an astronomical gathering for people who are interested in observing the stars through a variety of telescopes brought along by participants; people who like listening to interesting talks and participating in workshops; people who like good food and good company; people who are interested in diverse aspects of astronomy.