First Dark Sky Friendly Business Certified!

We’re pleased to announce the Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park is our first Dark Sky Friendly certified business!

Congratulations to Lisa & Frank who have been a strong supporter of the Dark Sky Reserve plans since day one.

Visitors will now be able to stay in their cozy apartments all year round and also camp in the summer while enjoying fabulous views of the night sky only a few minutes walk from the centre of Martinborough.

Media announcement is here

Responsible Lighting Guide released!

The Martinborough Dark Sky Society has developed a new Responsible Lighting Guide to provide an easy to use reference for choosing Dark Sky Friendly lighting.

Many thanks to our initial sponsor P&K Martinborough and Mitre 10 Martinborough for helping fund and distributing these to the local community. You’ll be able to find them in the lighting aisle in Mitre 10 Martinborough.

This leaflet was developed based on resources from the International Dark Sky Association ( and Mark Gee (

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 Dark Sky Reserve.

On Saturday morning Dr Barentine headed out to Lake Ferry / Lake Onoke to view a potential location for the proposed Māori Star Compass / Astronomy Centre on the Saturday morning.

On Saturday afternoon Dr Barentine attended the Space & Science Festival at Greytown school, and the in the evening was the keynote speaker at a sold-out set of talks called ‘Dark Skies & the Science of Light’ in Carteron Events Centre.

We’re incredibly grateful to Dr Barentine for taking the time to visit the area as we develop our plans to become an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Society is formed!

We’re proud to announce that the Martinborough Dark Sky Society was formed at a meeting in the Lions Club in Martinborough on Tuesday 28th November 2017, and our first committee has been elected.

Much work to do!