Stonehenge Aotearoa, Carterton
(3.7/5 based on 90+ 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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  • We stabled upon this by accident & thought it was well worth exploring, because it drew our interest. Wonderful stories, sharing knowledge of our ancestors, learning the wonders of Stonehenge Aotearoa...  more »
  • We took the non-guided option at a cost of $10 per person. Took a bunch of cool pictures and had a good time. No more than a 30 minute stop but a cool memory. 
  • ...I read about the Aotearoa Stonehenge,....So I expected something similar like in England. But how could I ?As New Zealand has no history....like Europe. I was a little bit disappointed. Anyway, I g...  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