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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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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 »
Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica of Stonehenge at the Salisbury Plains, it was built exactly for the spot and it is definitely worth a visit. There are guided tours available which must be super i... more »
soooooooooooooooooooo glad we visited - such a gem - incredible, spiritual, emotional - our teens aged 19 and 15 loved it - a little piece of paradise with super friendly hosts - will come again and r... more »
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.
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.
Was surprised we were charged price of a guided tour according to brochure. Thought it was only $5.00 for self guided. But all good extremely spiritual place and very good energy. Would like to do guided tour in the future
When I planned my trip through the North Island of New Zealand. I knew we would start out by driving from Auckland all the way to Wellington before flying home. There was a lot of land in between that drive so I wanted to add on interesting things to see (besides the landscape). This was one of the stops that I thought was cool. It is a man made stonehenge (for astronomy). After seeing the ancient stongehenge in England, when I saw this pop up, figured it might be cool to see what a perfectly shaped one might look like. It was an ok pit stop, but a bit pricey at $10 per person.
Didn't manage to go. Closed at 4pm which is a little bit sad. Hope it will open till late so we can go for sunset and stargazing.
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