Seeing the night sky is a natural amenity for us all, along with access to the sea, forests and other nature experiences.

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Our role is to take the community on a journey to understand why the reserve status is important, how we can all be part of it. We have an aspiration not only to maintain the status but improve it.

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There are plenty of ways to embrace and enjoy our night skies from learning how to find a constellation to enjoying one of the many experiences available.

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Accomodation providers set to highlight the magic of our Dark Skies

Destination Wairarapa has created a go-to guide for accommodation providers in the reserve to share with guests to highlight the reserve, how to enjoy it and a little bit of inspiration onRead more

Masterton working to join the Reserve

  As part of their annual plan Masterton District Council (MDC) committed to commencing the process to become accredited as part of the Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve. The International Dark SkiesRead more

Carkeek Observatory work not too late?

It was the mid-1980’s when astronomy historians located the remains of the star-gazers’ observatory built by Stephen Carkeek in 1868 on his farm near Featherston – and now one of the potentialRead more

Chair Viv Napier receives "Tribute Award"

Each year Business Wairarapa Awards two TRIBUTES to those people that go above and beyond for their business community and contribution to Economic Development in Wairarapa, this year Viv NapierRead more

Dark Sky info evening

The Wairarapa Dark Sky Association invites you to an information evening on the newly appointed Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve. We will cover what the Dark Sky Reserve means, what opportunities itRead more

Celebrate Matariki

Celebrate Matariki at one of the many community-led events planned around the district. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars, that rises in midwinter and for many Māori, heralds theRead more

Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve given approval

Southern Wairarapa has been confirmed as the world’s newest Dark Sky Reserve known as the “gold standard” of dark sky places by a decision of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). FiveRead more
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