• The Gisborne Astro Tours Experience

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Discover the wonders and science of the universe above

Away from the hustle and bustle of it all and situated at a quiet rural location outside of beautiful Tairāwhiti Gisborne is the first and only Astro Tour in the East Coast of Aotearoa New Zealand. This is where stargazers come to revel in the glorious dark skies of the land of the long white cloud. With an accomplished astronomer as your guide, journey to the far corners of the universe with Gisborne Astro Tours and see the stars, planets and galaxies light up the night.

 

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Your gateway to the stars

  • Insightful and captivating 2-hour astro tour as well as an intro to astronomy talk
  • View rare celestial targets only seen from New Zealand’s latitude
  • Inspiring, easy to understand astronomy presentation
  • Custom-built stargazing roll-off roof observatory and deck
  • Top of the range 51cm/20” Go-To Newtonian Telescope
  • Tranquil stargazing environment surrounded by sheep, citrus and grapes
  • Astrophotography tips and tricks from one of New Zealand’s top astrophotographers
  • Backcountry New Zealand location with limited light pollution
  • Max 12 people per tour
  • Family-friendly, fun for all ages
  • Warm beverage and biscuits provided after the stargazing – in front of a fire!

 

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Prices

$50/per adult

$20/per child (up to 16 years of age)

$110 for a family

Under 5’s are free

Group discounts are available – please mention this with your booking.

Bookings are essential

 

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Year-round Astro Tours

Gisborne Astro Tours runs tours on Wednesday and Saturday nights. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL!

Because the sun sets at different times throughout the year, starting times will vary.

The following are Gisborne Astro Tours starting times:

Non-Daylight-Saving Time (~early April until ~late September) – 7:00pm

Daylight-Saving Time (~late September until ~early April –) – 8:00pm

Note: In Summer, because it’s still slightly light in the evening, tours also include meeting and feeding some friendly sheep.

Please note that for the six days around the Full Moon of each month, when the Moon blots out most of the stars, tours will not operate.

This is done so that your experience under the stars is the best that we can offer. The monthly closed nights are the night of the Full Moon and the three nights before Full and the two nights after Full Moon – e.g. if the Full Moon is on the 15th, there would be no tours on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th.

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