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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Longspur Eco Cottage at Tora
Longspur Eco Cottage is a private bush retreat, tucked away in a secluded spot on our large block of regenerating native bush. Renovated with sustainable principles in mind, our eco friendly cottage ensures a holiday in comfort with minimal impact on the environment.
Walks throughout the property are on offer for the more energetic, leading up to spectacular rural views, or simply relax on the deck in the sun and, in the cooler months, curl up in front of the roaring fire. At night, gaze up at the milky way in our starry un-light polluted dark sky reserve, while listening to Moreporks calling.
Nocturnal NZ is a boutique concept store housing a curated collection of unique bespoke brands in Martinborough. Nocturnal is a refined identity that captivates and enchants with a sense of celestial spirituality.
Nocturnal NZ’s boutique store has sourced bespoke brands with ethical values, morals, and which make a difference for chosen charities and conservation projects, providing a dynamic, modern approach for a new retail space in a town which is ready for change. Nocturnal NZ is a new concept space in an evolving region of New Zealand. We invite you to explore your senses at Nocturnal NZ’s boutique concept store, presenting natural beauty, ethical and artist design fashion, artisan designer jewellery, herbal healthy tea blends and unique designer decor homewares.
“Here in this moment we are beautiful, nocturnal creatures” – Henry Rollins
The Martinborough Hotel
The Martinborough Hotel is a beautiful old girl full of charm and quirks, offering boutique accommodation located on the doorstep to everything Martinborough and the South Wairarapa has to offer.
It has Twenty beautiful rooms, every one unique. Make yourself at home in the original 1882 building in in one of our nine Heritage Suites or Rooms, or at the Petit Hotel Suites located adjacent to the main Hotel. Take a wander through the garden and courtyard just beyond the lobby and enjoy the tranquility of seven spacious Garden Suites finished in a restful, simple country style. Our Superior Garden Suite is spacious, up a private flight of stairs and overlooks our garden from a private verandah.
Whether you choose history or a more contemporary feel, there’s utmost comfort throughout; plumpy armchairs, fine quality bed linen, our special range of toiletries and of course a very comfortable bed.