Planetarium and Observatory Tours


This evening we had a number of people arrive unexpectedly for a tour. Unfortunately we had no bookings by mid afternoon and as our volunteer had a family emergency we cancelled the evening. Had we known we could have scheduled another volunteer.

Please - if you wish to visit you must make a booking so that we can plan accordingly. Hope to see you all next weekend.

Summer Holidays 2016/17

Finally we have everything in our favour. 

Some of the best viewing is available at remote locations and we're running tours with our tourism partners Explore at the island resort of Otehei Bay.

A new Moon at New Years means a very dark sky not long after sunset and a perfect opportunity to experience the universe a telescope reveals.

Tours include a return ferry from Paihia or Russell to Otehei Bay and 1.5 hours of guided viewing.  Spend the day on the island, enjoy an eveing meal or catch the late ferry at 7:30pm.

Bookings can be made by calling Explore 0800-376-744.  Limited dates and limited numbers so get in quick.

Count the stars in this picture that one of our visitors took.  Thanks MustDoNZ

Viewing targets for Summer

Mars sits in Capricorn this month, still worth a look at our nearest neighbour.

Last chance for Saturn in November, just as the sun sets.

SuperMoon - Nov 14.

Our big brother galaxy Andromeda is best viewed from Northland in summer.

For our standard public schedule and prices, download our current DLE brochure