Welcome to the Martinborough Dark Sky Society’s website.

Here you can find out more information about the beautiful dark skies our region enjoys, our work to have the area recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve and find a directory of local businesses which are ‘Dark Sky Friendly’ and supporting the reserve proposal.

Dark Sky Friendly

The Martinborough Dark Sky Society is a community initiative to protect and enhance the beautiful dark skies and natural wildlife habitats we enjoy.

Local businesses, accommodation providers and attractions support this initiative by becoming ‘Dark Sky Friendly’ Certified. This means they have worked with the society to develop a lighting management plan which supports our application to become an International Dark Sky Reserve.

You can findĀ  the registry of Dark Sky Friendly business, accommodation and attractions by clicking here, and you’ll see this sticker in their window too.

If you would like to become a Dark Sky Friendly business, accommodation provider or attraction please email darkskyfriendly@martinboroughdarksky.org.


IDA Executive Director & Dark Sky Programme Manager to visit NZ

We’re delighted to announce that thanks to the generous support of the US Embassy in New Zealand we are bringing IDA Executive Director Ruskin Hartley, and IDA Dark Sky Places Programme Manager Adam Dalton to New Zealand in October. Ruskin & Adam will attend the Starlight Conference in Tekapo (www.starlightconference.org) where Ruskin will give a …

Provincial Growth Fund application approved!

We’re delighted to announce that our application to the Provincial Growth Fund was successful! This will enable the society to engage the independent consultant which is needed to develop the economic plan for the dark sky reserve, unlocking the pathway to implementing new lighting rules which is a pre-requisite for obtaining international certification. https://www.growregions.govt.nz/about-us/news-and-announcements/funding-boost-pushes-wairarapa-starry-skies-towards-international-recognition/