Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton

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Connect with distant ancestors at Stonehenge Aotearoa, a circular, open-sky observatory built as a modern interpretation of the mysterious ancient monuments in England and elsewhere around the world. The henge represents a window into the past, with stone circles having significance in so many different histories. Its neutral, circular structure welcomes people of all faiths, beliefs, cultures, and religions. Designed specifically for its location, the monument combines modern scientific knowledge with ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Celtic, Polynesian, and Maori astronomy. Stand at the center and notice how the pillars and lintels form window framings: the positioning of stars inside and outside the frames become seasonal markers and distinguishers. Likewise, the stonehenge forms the shape of a Polynesian star compass, which helps navigate direction based on the placement of the stars during different times of the year. Opt to take a guided tour to make the most of your visit to this highly sophisticated structure. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Stonehenge Aotearoa and many more Carterton attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Carterton journey planner.
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  • Really enjoyed our visit, learnt heaps, and the family have new Star Signs to deal with. Very interesting. L  more »
  • We found this place just ok. The $15:00 per person entry was on the steep side. We understand that this is a unique place but would be happy to pay $10:00. The bathrooms were filthy. They need to lift...  more »
  • Stonehenge Aotearoa has been on my bucket list for a long time and finally achieved it on the weekend, when I went to the Martinborough Fair. I had imagined it would be a copy of the Salisbury Stonehe...  more »
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  • Finally achieved my ambition of visiting Stonehenge- Aotearoa, after reading about it several years ago. In fact we built our North Island trip around visiting the site, and it exceeded all our expectations. You have to see this if you have an interest in learning about how ancient peoples, including Maori, viewed the stars and measured the passage of the seasons. It is not an exact replica of Stonehenge UK but a working adaptation to show how a henge functions from New Zealand's geographical position. We hope to make it back here for another visit sometime. Thanks for a very enlightening visit, Anne and David
  • Not worth the drive out. Appreciate the hard work making it but it's a cheap, small approximation, not accurate at all. Full of airy fairy druid stuff, no real information. Over-hyped
  • The Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica of Stonehenge of UK but it is ongoing construction of site to study and understand the stars and it's constellation. The couple who runs this place are the scientist who has more than 4 decades of experience of this place. Just don't go there for taking pictures and watching the short film but interact with them and you'll learn more about this. There is a entry fee of 10 dollars each though.
  • A moderately interesting place. Watch the video, without it its a collection of moss covered concrete with a great view.
  • Closed due to wind! I'm not sure how winds affect a ground based concrete structure, but we were disappointed after driving out here to find it closed, the forecast looked fine. Probably pays to phone ahead.
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