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Lights Out on Great Barrier Island Winter Festival

June 29, 2019

  Welcome to Aotea – Great Barrier Island, where the nights are dark and the stars are bright! We are proud to be one of only a handful of International Dark Sky Sanctuaries, the darkest of all the Dark Sky Places, in the world. Our light pollution is minimal, our stars are remarkable. In keeping […]

 

Welcome to Aotea – Great Barrier Island, where the nights are dark and the

stars are bright!

We are proud to be one of only a handful of International Dark Sky

Sanctuaries, the darkest of all the Dark Sky Places, in the world. Our

light pollution is minimal, our stars are remarkable. In keeping with this

and in collaboration with our diverse, resourceful and astute community,

Great Barrier Island hosts an annual, month-long celebration of the stars:

 

Lights Out on Great Barrier Island!

 

This celebration includes an array of free events for locals and visitors,

and also youth and families. Events include kite making and movie nights

and for talented photographers there is a dark sky photography competition

including a prestigious award and the privilege of being showcased in our local Art Gallery.

 

Local Dark Sky Ambassadors and hand picked ‘off-island’ experts share

their extensive knowledge on a wide range of subjects, from ‘Navigating the

Pacific’, to basic astronomy courses, and unforgettable star gazing

experiences, including a unique dining experience, astro-photography

workshops, and finally a night to remember, the Stars and Planets ball.

 

As islanders, we are proud to host an annual event of this caliber,

exhibiting and demonstrating the unique environment that is our Great

Barrier Island.

 Funding for this festival of free events is gratefully received from Great

 Barrier Local Board, Dark Sky Advisory Group and ATEED.

Great Barrier Visitor Information Guide

November 14, 2018

This booklet is a “Must Have” for visitors to Great Barrier Island. There is a comprehensive list of Transport, Accommodation, Services and Important numbers (emergency and others) Also included is a colour spread of local birdlife and DOC map with extra information on pests, anchorages, recycling and other essential information. It is free and available […]

This booklet is a “Must Have” for visitors to Great Barrier Island. There is a comprehensive list of Transport, Accommodation, Services and Important numbers (emergency and others)

Also included is a colour spread of local birdlife and DOC map with extra information on pests, anchorages, recycling and other essential information. It is free and available from most outlets and accommodation providers as well as easily picked up at the Airport Information Centre.

Aotea Great Barrier – Land and People

November 23, 2018

Stunning photos of Aotea Great Barrier with stories of local people and their relationship with mountain, bush, land, beach and sea

A beautiful book of photos and stories of the land. Available at the Information Centre,  Claris Airport. This amazing book sets local people amongst their land with stories of a unique lifestyle.