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Stonehenge Aotearoa

51 Ahiaruhe Road, Carterton


A full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge has been built right here in Aotearoa, allowing all New Zealanders to experience the wonders of stone circles for themselves. Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington.

New Zealand’s very own Stonehenge, in the heart of rural Wairarapa, stands on a knoll above river flats with the grey-blue of the Tararua Ranges on the western horizon. It seems an odd place for something so fundamentally English but when I understand its job, and that of the one on Salisbury Plains, the idea that these structures can be built anywhere makes sense.

To discover the secrets of Stonehenge Aotearoa and other stone circles we recommend that you book into one of our story-telling guided tours which provides a complete experience and is tailored to weather conditions. Our tours include tales from antiquity of the solstices, equinoxes and signs of the zodiac.  You will discover how stones, posts and shadows were used to unlock mysteries of the earth and sky which formed a cornerstone to the rise of civilization.

The Gardener

The work of Kay and Richard follows the insight of the nineteenth-century elders in recording their knowledge in writing, by making that knowledge available in published form. Young and old people of today and tomorrow may look and learn to see the heavens from a Maori perspective.

Approximately 150 members of the Phoenix Astronomical society were involved at one time or another in the building of Stonehenge Aotearoa.

However, there was a core group of enthusiasts that were there every weekend, rain or fine, throughout the period of construction.  These are our Beaker People,  Graham Palmer, Chris Cahill, Alan Green, Geoffrey Dobson, Richard Hall (project manager) and Kay Leather (construction team manager). 

Garden Size

The henge is enclosed in a 60m x 60m square set in a 10-hectare farmlet. The gardens are gradually spreading along the driveway, around the buildings and henge surround.


Stonehenge Aotearoa is available for private functions - weddings, birthdays, and special occasions by arrangement.

Other Facilities

Monthly Meetings are held in the AV room of Stonehenge Aotearoa, which also serves at the society's clubrooms. Each month there is a presentation followed by social time and telescope viewing if the weather and circumstances allow. If you become a regular visitor we would like you to become a member.

Stardate is an astronomical gathering for people who are interested in observing the stars through a variety of telescopes brought along by participants; people who like listening to interesting talks and participating in workshops; people who like good food and good company; people who are interested in diverse aspects of astronomy.

Almost every Saturday, we are offering courses in stargazing, astronomy, telescope and astrophotography


  • Price
    For current prices see the website: www.stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz There are separate price ranges for guided tours, self-guided tours, private tours and special events.
  • Parking
    We have off-street parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    The grounds are flat. There are alternative routes for wheelchairs. Ask if you have someone with a disability and we can allow access by another route.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Dogs must be on a leash at all times and owners must take away their droppings.
  • Food available?
    Some refreshments available, mainly ice blocks and ice creams, frozen fruit juice and canned and bottled drinks.
  • Picnics
    Picnics are fine as long as you take away your own rubbish. We are not on the town rubbish collection.
  • Children allowed?
    It is a great place for children. I recommend the self-guided tour for younger children. School programmes. Learn about Mars with us. Come visit our (upcoming) Mars exhibition at Stonehenge Aotearoa and learn about Mars with us. Stonehenge Aotearoa, supported by the Phoenix Astronomical Society is collaborating with the New Zealand Astrobiology Network to produce a permanent Mars exhibition.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    There are two big benches inside the henge enclosure, they are placed so you can just sit and look at the henge and the countryside.
  • Plants/Sales
    Work of the Gods is the first in a series of books by Kay Leather and Richard Hall that explores Taatai Arorangi, Maori astronomy and star lore. Creation myths are the most ancient, perhaps dating to tens of thousands, rather than a few thousands of years. Encoded within these creation myths are knowledge and important information on the values and belief system of a people. In this book, Maori legends from the Matorohanga manuscripts are explained in order to bring to light the fundamental basis and structure of Maori astronomy and cosmology.
  • Function Center?
    Stonehenge Aotearoa is available for private functions - weddings, birthdays, and special occasions by arrangement. For functions requiring marquees and catering we recommend: nationevents.co.nz who will put their mobile facilities on site.
  • Guided Tours
    During opening hours, when a private event is not in session you may take yourself around the Henge on a self-guided tour. We provide a map of the stones and a short audio-visual that shows you how the stones work.


51 Ahiaruhe Road, Carterton

Situated in the Wairarapa countryside, a short distance from Wellington