Good Heavens

Come stargazing with our local Great Barrier Dark Sky Ambassadors!

Great Barrier Island is one of very few Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world. Away from the lights of the big city, and as an off-the-grid island, our light pollution is minimal. Our dark skies are superb. Yet, we are only 1/2 hours flight from Auckland International Airport.

Come stargazing! Marvel at the magic of our dark sky with us!

Join our enthusiastic local guides where the sky meets the ocean. They will guide you through the starry southern night skies and beyond, sharing their knowledge on astronomy.

Gaze at super stars, constellations, any visible planets, deep sky objects, the Magellanic Clouds and the moon or the Milky Way. Use night binoculars and an 8″ Dobsonian telescope to get up close and personal with the stars.

Our local team knows the Barrier inside out and will either meet you at your accommodation if it has good views of the sky for a private experience, or book in for a group tour in the best dark spots, while adding local flavour.

We are your Great Barrier Dark Sky contact for:

* Look up and Get Lost, group dark sky experience
* Heavens Above, private dark sky experience at your accommodation
* Dining with the Stars, private experience, including dinner

We welcome inquiries regarding your own ideas for a starry experience for your group or private event.

We can supply Good Heavens t-shirts, the Sanctuary book, and binoculars.

Keep an eye out for special events on our website or Facebook Page



    What people say:

    "I don't think I have ever seen the Milky Way before" (It is estimated that only one in five people alive today has ever seen the Milky Way)

    "In Auckland I can see the Southern Cross, but not all the little stars around it, like you can here." (On a dark night in Auckland you would be able to see 500 stars with the naked eye, on the Barrier you can see 5000!)

    "It just makes me feel giddy when I see the richness of the skies on the Barrier" (Come and get giddy, we are here to help)