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Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton

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Observatory Educational Site
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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  • Visited this place because it was on a list of top ten things to see near Wellington. So surprised, Alan was amazing and informative. Come see and learn.  more »
  • On a cold misty mid-morning we needed to get out the cave. So where havent we been? On a morning like this we needed to have the appropriate destination. And Stonehenge was the best result. A lovely d...  more »
  • Living local this isca place I pass regularly and i am always amazed at the numbers of tourists walking around and around looking for what I am not sure or have I missed something Anyway visited and t...  more »
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  • Had a wonderful time here today. Definitely worth getting the guided tour, Richard was full of information -facts and anecdotes that will keep my mind occupied for a while to come- truly fascinating.
  • A must see in the Wairarapa. The story of Stonehenge Aotearoa is beautifully told in the a.v. presentation before setting foot on the stunning site. This is not a Stonehenge 'knock off'. It's a genuine and unique astrological and astronomical device on a large scale. Dont miss it!
  • Very good. Worth a visit. Children can run around, make lots of noise that adds to the whole experience. Staff very knowledgeable and friendy.
  • Very cool site. Working Replica of the stonehenge in the uk. Has some really cool features. Defo worth a visit.
  • I was very excited to visit this place since it was built with the same specifications as the Stonehenge in the UK (not as a replica). It is in a sort of remote country location with pastoral fields and sheep surrounding the site, so the scenery is serene and fantastic! You pay your entrance fee when you get there and view an informational video about the origins of Stonehenge, the site in England, and this site. The trailer serves as the visitor center and gift shop and there are neat informational posters all around it. You do a self-guided tour of the henge and depending on how in-depth you want to nerd out your visit could be 10mins to an hour. I spent over half an hour, but to be honest, because I had the site to myself (I went in the late afternoon just as the storms had begun to clear), I sat in the middle of the henge for a 10 of those 30+mins. There are various astrological features that are dependent upon the equinoxes, solstices, and the sun, so those are obviously not going to be on every visit. But, it was cool to kind of “investigate” all the different features with the highlight being sitting at the base of the obelisk and clapping and hearing the very cool acoustic echoes. I was like a kid that had discovered a new toy! I am sure I would have looked insane to anyone who would have walked up to me clapping, listening, and giggling contentedly! It was also great talking w/one of the owners and getting astrological info and learning why our “traditional” astro signs are no longer correct. Fascinating place and well worth the $10NZ Admission!

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