Dark Sky Friendly Registry

Here you’ll find a list of all the Dark Sky Friendly businesses, accommodation and attractions in and around the proposed Martinborough International Dark Sky Reserve.

Look out for the sticker in windows and on products.


Dali™ is a certified Dark Sky Friendly business offering super premium extra virgin olive oil – from the robust Dali Picual, to the versatile Dali Coupage and the all year sunshine of Dali Frantoio, judged a World’s Best Olive Oil at the world champs for olive oil, the New York International Olive Oil Competition 2019.  All Dali oils, and Wairarapa’s first 100 percent local Kalamata olives from Dali Estate are available locally at good outlets.  Dali’s natural, highly awarded olive oil making reflects the gems found in Wairarapa night skies.
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Kaikoura Lookout

The Kaikoura Lookout at Palliser Ridge is a one bedroom, off grid
retreat in the South Wairarapa.
Located in the middle of the working farm, this Farm Stay allows you to
take in as much, or as little of the rural surrounds as you’d like.
Enjoy switching off amongst the native bush and listen to the birdlife.
The hut, built from Macaracarpa milled on farm, the hot water and
cooking is all powered by gas, and the power source for the remainder of
the Kaikoura Lookout are the solar panels fixed on the roof.
Take in a farm tour, visit Cape Palliser or relax in the KiwiTub with
your favourite Martinborough drop.
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Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park

The Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park was our very first Dark Sky Friendly business in Martinborough! They have a range of accommodation including self-contained units, cabins, power and tent sites, so you can enjoy spectacular views of the night sky all year round.
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Star Field

Star Field is an astronomy, observatory complex situated in the heart of the proposed Martinborough Dark Sky Reserve.
The facility is purpose built for amateur astronomers, public outreach and tourism.
Activities include hosting star parties, astrophotography workshops, seminars and guided tours.
Contact John Whitby 027 449 2244

Under the Stars: Wairarapa Astronomy

Under The Stars: Wairarapa Astronomy is an astronomy tour business providing stargazing experiences and education to Wairarapa venues, special events and festivals. Under The Stars aims to educate schools and heritage institutions about astronomy and the value of the night sky.

Under The Stars; Wairarapa Astronomy is run by Becky Bateman, a passionate amateur astronomer, who used to work at Space Place, (nee Carter Observatory) for the last seven years. She will be working with John Whitby at Star Field from 2019 for the ultimate astronomy tour within the region; Under the Stars at Star Field.
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