First Light Marathon

25 Jan 2025

Gisborne Astro Tours

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.
25 Jan | 2 hours | 130 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