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Take a tour into the past and discover the secrets of lost civilizations.
A full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington.
Stonehenge Aotearoa is similar in size and appearance to Stonehenge on Salisbury plain, but is not a replica. It is a complete and working observatory designed for it precise location in New Zealand. Visitors can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors. It incorporates ancient Egyptian, Babylonian & Indus Valley astronomy, Polynesian navigation & Celtic and Maori starlore.
We recommend visitors attend one of our guided tours which provides a complete experience and is tailored to the weather conditions. Ancient history and star-lore is the central theme of our tours which include tales from antiquity of the solstices, equinoxes and the signs of the zodiac. When guided tours are not available self-guided treks are usually available.
Please book beforehand to ensure your place, tour numbers are limited. Allow at least an hour for your tour and please arrive about 10 minutes before your session begins.
We provide a map of the stones and a short audio-visual guide that shows you how the stones work.
You do not need to book for a self-guided trek.