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  • Date 7:00PM Saturday 10th August 2024
  • Location Wainuiomata Regional Park, 10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Cost Free
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We’ve teamed up with the Wellington Astronomical Society and Remutaka Conservation Trust to bring you this exclusive FREE behind-the-scenes event.

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Walk deep into untouched native forest, through some of the oldest trees in the Wellington region as darkness falls. You may even hear the calls of kiwi and rūrū (morepork). Explore an area not normally open to the public, including a glowworm-filled tunnel that links to the Orongorongo Valley.

The Wellington Astronomical Society will share insights on Dark Sky awareness and preservation and provide a telescope for viewing the Moon and the Southern Cross. Talk to Remutaka Conservation Trust volunteers about their Kiwi release programme and nest monitoring efforts.

Wainuiomata Regional Park is working towards dark sky reserve accreditation, one of only three in the Southern Hemisphere. Light pollution from the city washes out most stars, but the park offers one of the best stargazing experiences in the region.

This free event is limited to 30 people, so booking is essential. 

Register now

What to bring:

  • Torches/headlamps (red lenses preferred)
  • Sturdy waterproof footwear
  • Warm and wet weather clothing

Note: This event includes a steep hill walk in the dark. A moderate level of fitness is required, and it is not suitable for children under 15. 

Updated July 16, 2024 at 2:26 PM