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

We are on the lookout for someone to help manage the Dark Sky Friendly process – if you’re interested please e-mail lee@martinboroughdarksky.org..

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


Dr John Barentine from International Dark Sky Association visits Martinborough

The Martinborough Dark Sky Society welcomed Dr John Barentine from the International Dark Sky Association to the Martinborough region on May 4th & 5th 2018 Dr Barentine was welcomed with a insightful pōwhiri in Martinborough on the Friday, followed by a meeting with South Wairarapa District Council to assist them with planning for the proposed International …