Stonehenge Aotearoa – Ahiaruhe, New Zealand - Atlas Obscura

Stonehenge Aotearoa

Ahiaruhe, New Zealand

This modern New Zealand attraction honors ancient forms of astronomy and scientific understanding. 


Nestled in the Wairarapa hills just an hour outside of New Zealand’s capital city is a key to the Southern Hemisphere skies. Don’t be fooled by the name—it’s simply a nod to the ancient structure over 11,000 miles away.

Stonehenge Aotearoa was put in place by the Phoenix Astronomical Society. It was built specifically for its location, and therefore is an active astronomical tool for the people of New Zealand. 

Parallel to its practicality, there lives an undeniable magic. While the great assembly of stones is indeed the main attraction, the site itself is sprinkled with many other oddities, all placed perfectly in front of the canvas view of Middle Earth’s scenery. Take a walk through the hall of astrophotography, admire the base of an old telescope dome, or spend a while exploring the several bits of artist touch. You never know what you may find. 

Know Before You Go

The attraction's hours vary depending on the season. Self-guided tours are $15 per adult, with private tours also available. There is parking on site. For astronomy society events held and more, see the site's website.

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