Astronomy in Northland
Matariki - A public holiday on June 24th
What an exciting year to be celebrating Matariki as a public holiday. This year the rising of Matariki is announced by the arrival of all the visible planets in the solar system just as the Moon sets and the dawn breaks.
Under the Orange status we can seat everyone safely in the Planetarium, but we do require masks to be worn. We have updated our conditions of entry for the evening public program for everyone's safety and enjoyment, namely
- Maximum 24 passengers per tour. We have 24 seats, nobody on the floor.
- Minimum age 5, Maximum age 13.8 billion years!
- Bookings essential, event cancellation policy is found here.
Below are tours currently open for booking.
We do not overbook the planetarium. If you are unable to attend we require notification by 1pm for Saturday tours and can move you to another date. Refunds are available with 24 hours notice.
If the date you want to attend is showing no availability, please check in the afternoon before the tour as cancellations will release seats.
Our facility includes the Planetarium, club room and Observatory where we can host groups of up to 100 people. Only the observatory with our professional telescopes is weather dependent, everything else we offer in our tours can function even when the Sun is out or the clouds are about.