Business Type: A window into the past
Venture into the past and discover the secrets of lost civilizations.Address: 51 Ahiaruhe Road, Carterton Masterton, Wairarapa
Phone: view phone+64 6 377 1600
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For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge and other great stone circles, often totally unaware of how these structures were used. Now a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa...
Stonehenge Aotearoa is unique in New Zealand and internationally as a place of science and wonder.
Built by members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society with the support of the Royal Society of New Zealand the purpose of Stonehenge Aotearoa is to encourage people of all ages to rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors. The Henge is a window into the past.
Stone circles played an important part in the history of almost everyone. The stones are neutral and welcome people of all cultures, beliefs, faiths and religions. The vision for Stonehenge Aotearoa was to create a practical open-sky observatory inspired by, and built on a similar scale to, the famous Stonehenge in England.
However, it is not a replica of this mysterious ancient monument but a modern interpretation, based upon the many stone circles and astronomical stone structures scattered around the globe. Now 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, Stonehenge Aotearoa is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors. It incorporates ancient Egyptian, Babylonian and Indus Valley astronomy, Polynesian navigation, and Celtic and Maori starlore.
Built on the same scale as Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England. Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica. It is a complete and working structure designed and built for its precise location in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand.
In this awe-inspiring place, people young and old can explore the mysteries of our past and learn how early cultures, including New Zealand Maori, used the Sun, Moon and stars for life and survival. Come with us and we will take you on a journey in space and time.
Entrance fee: $16 adults, $13 senior citizens (65+) and students (13-17yrs), $8 children (pre-teens). Please book beforehand to ensure your place, tour numbers are limited. Allow at least an hour for your tour and please arrive about 10 minutes before your session begins.
PRIVATE & GROUP TOURS
Private tours are available on any day at a time by appointment. The fees for a private tour are the same as those for a public tour except that there is a minimum charge of $90 (which is covered by 6 adult fees).
Special Theme Programs are available for private groups.
You can even choose your own lecture and go on a Trek around the Stones as well.
TREK AROUND THE STONES
During opening hours, when a private event is not in session you may take yourself around the Henge on a self-guided tour. We provide a map of the stones and a short audio-visual that shows you how the stones work. The fee is Adults $8, Children (pre-teens) $4. You do not need to book for a Trek.
Hours of work
10am to 4pm on the following days:
March to April 17 open Wednesday to Sunday with scheduled tours at 11am on Saturday and Sunday (Closed Mon & Tues)
April 18 to May 4 open every day, scheduled guided tours on Saturday and Sunday
May 5 to July 4 open Saturday and Sunday and Queen's Birthday with scheduled guided tours at 11am.
Stones treks - self guided tours available all day when open.
December 24, 25, 26
Stonehenge Aotearoa is located in the Wairarapa countryside approximately 10 minutes drive from the town of Carterton. Public transport to the site is not available. Follow the signs from Park Road at Carterton - the Westpac Bank is on the corner of the turn-off.