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Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton

(3.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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. Our Carterton tourist route planner makes visiting Stonehenge Aotearoa and other Carterton attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Great place to visit. Educational. Next time will be a night event. $10 to get in Yes there is sign posts on the road but we still miss it yah Google maps 
  • We came across this by accident, so thought we would have a look. The audio guide at the beginning was very helpful to explain it all, and we caught the end of a guided tour and found it all very fasc...  more »
  • You will come away entralled and enthused a really interesting place to visit. I really recommend checking the web site and arrive in time for the tour, you learn so much more about this and other hen...  more »
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  • This is a unique place. A replica of the actual stonehenge and equally beautiful. A quick visit away if on the way to Masterton from Welly.
  • A five star experience as seen from the MeRAK star on line two of the; "The land of the long white cloud." Of note , & pardon the pun, is that there is a STRANGE DEDICATED RESURECTION in the mist of the crossings as when looks at the "rock" they discover elements that rise upon the table periodically. And this Ra 88 - on up yields a living automa or a cross that speaks via a reading light. Raa.r'a. Here the smoky kasị snake whispers in out ear and tells the shifting sands that they are markers of future events.
  • The lady who answered when we called was unhelpful and frankly useless. Didn't end up going, and I'm told by locals I'm not missing much (and they agree, the lady isn't interested unless it's a tour group)
  • I was with a group touring with Kea Tours in early May and one of our stops was at Stonehenge Aotearoa. What a fascinating place. Apart from a basic idea that the place had something to do with the stars, I was open to any tuition given. Richard Hall gave us a 'guided' tour and was so interesting actually none of us wanted to leave. We had a lovely autumn day to see the stones and we all learnt a lot more than we expected I think. Even some of our own Maori legends have an explanation here. If you plan to visit give yourself plenty of time and take the guided tour. Absolutely worth it.
  • Interesting enough for the $10 entry fee