Like all Albatros Adventure Marathons, the First Light Marathon is designed to be more than just a race. It's also about enjoying time together with family, friends and other running-minded spirits and immersing yourself in a new culture. Spectators welcome!
In order to register for First Light Marathon, you must sign up for one of the tour packages.
Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of many wonders. From dazzling night skies to killer surf to the rich, indigenous Māori culture, come experience all that the country has to offer.
The First Light Marathon is more than just a marathon - it's a journey through Aotearoa New Zealand! The adventurous can get up-close-and-personal with stingrays, catch some waves on a surf lesson, or visit the sacred mountain, Maunga Hikuranga. For those who prefer a more relaxed vacation, renowned beaches and world-class wineries beckon.
Hidden away from the bright lights of any city, you can experience a unique and in-depth voyage of discovery to the far corners of the universe. Embark on a 2-hour astro tour with a highly acclaimed astronomer and see the stars, planets, and galaxies light up the night.
20 Jan | 2 hours | 120 NZD
The Southern Cross, Centaurus, and Carina are just a few of the constellations awaiting you in the Southern Hemisphere. On this tour, we'll drive out by coach to a quiet, rural location just outside of Tairāwhiti Gisborne. There, we'll meet our astronomical guide and be given a short health/safety briefing, and then an introduction to the astronomy talk.
Next, we'll go outside to identify constellations and gaze through telescopes. There will be 6-7 telescopes set up, and participants can circulate around to see the various targets, all while our informed astronomer answers any questions we might have. The Gisborne Astro Tours are the first and only astro tour on the east coast of Aotearoa New Zealand, and stargazers come from afar to revel in the glorious dark skies of the Land of the Long White Cloud. Let the tranquil environment and knowledgeable guide be your gateway to the stars.
About the Tour
Duration: 2 hours
- Transportation to/from Patutahi - Guided astro tour including an inspiring, easy to understand astronomy presentation - View rare celestial targets only seen from Aotearoa New Zealand's latitude