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Stargazers Astronomy Tours

392 State Hwy 25 | RD 2 Kuaotunu Whitianga, Kuaotunu 3592, New Zealand
+64 7-866 5343
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Stargazers for beginners

We absolutely loved this tour. We didn't really know what to expect but Alistair was so good at... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
majkat
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Copenhagen, Denmark
via mobile
So interesting!

My boyfriend and I had such a good time that I felt compelled to write my first review. The tour is... read more

Reviewed 28 January 2017
HungryLisa
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Brooklyn, New York
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392 State Hwy 25 | RD 2 Kuaotunu Whitianga, Kuaotunu 3592, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We absolutely loved this tour. We didn't really know what to expect but Alistair was so good at explaining everything and we saw the most fantastic planets through his telescope. The moon was amazing through the telescope as well, we were so amazed by all...More

Thank majkat
Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Many thanks for your kind review...I'm glad you enjoyed the things we were able to see...you certainly had a good night for stargazing. Enjoy the rest of your time in NZ!

Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had such a good time that I felt compelled to write my first review. The tour is run by Alastair at his very well equipped house. I thought it was strange at first but its actually the perfect location. If you...More

Thank HungryLisa
Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2017

Hi Lisa, Many thanks for your kind words...it's quite an honour to be the subject of your first review! I'm glad you enjoyed the stargazing tour under our very dark skies. You certainly had a good clear night. So clear you even saw 1 million...More

Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is one activity you need to do after dinner. The best planet and star gazing tour I been. Alastair will make sure everybody have a good time. Thank you very much.More

Thank hsoof
Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

Many thanks for your kind review. We're glad you enjoyed the tour...you certainly had a good clear night to enjoy our dark skies here. Have you visited the Children's Natural History Museum in Fremont? I forgot to mention it to you when you were here....More

Reviewed 24 May 2016

After driving up from Rotorua, using the route recommended by Paul at “New Zealand in Depth”, we were delighted to be greeted by Harriette and Alastair in their beautiful B&B. On the first night, we stayed in their self-catering Miner's Cottage - a very comfortable...More

Thank phhew
Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2016

Many thanks for your kind review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour...I seem to remember you had a lovely clear night but not everyone gets a chance to see the International Space Station as well! Good to know that you enjoyed some of...More

Reviewed 2 May 2016

We combined a stay here in our camper van through Okay2stay with a stargazer tour. If we hadn't seen the listing on the Okay2 stay site, then I think that we would have missed out on a wonderful experience. Despite the sky being partly cloudy...More

Thank LiverpoolElaineS
Reviewed 1 May 2016

Wow! This was truly the highlight for me of our week long trip around the north island, a real unexpected treat. From the moment we arrived it was "on"- Alistair saying like Doc off Back to the future... "quick, come with me, something's about to...More

Thank alyi
Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

This can undoubtedly be the best possible astronomical tour in New Zealand. Our host and guide, Alastair, is deeply passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. The tour stretched to about 2 hours as he obliged to our requests to see more planets and stars. He...More

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Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2016

Hi Gurav, Many thanks for your kind review...glad you enjoyed the tour and the meteorites...they do add a 'hands on' aspect that I think makes the connection with the stars and planets more real...it's not everyday you get to handle something 4.5 billion years old!...More

Reviewed 8 February 2016

We feel so fortunate to have found Stargazers and to have experienced one of the night tours. We were also very lucky to have a completely clear sky on the night we were there and found ourselves completely enthralled by Alastair's knowledge and infectious enthusiasm...More

Thank Poppy186361
Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2016

Hi Poppy, Many thanks for taking the time to do a review for us. Glad you enjoyed your stargazing tour...you had a great dark night when you were here. As you noticed many of the lovely things we can see here in the southern hemisphere...More

Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

Fantastic visit! Very interesting and hands on. Hosts are very knowledgeable and keen to answer all questions. Thank you for a great visit :-)

Thank Emma W
Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2016

Hi Emma, Many thanks for your review...glad you enjoyed your stargazing tour...our dark skies are a real treat...glad we could share them with you!

Reviewed 14 September 2015

We visited Stargazers in October of 2014. Alastair Brickell owns the observatory and B&B, both in the same building. Everything was spotlessly clean. Alastair's commentary was informative and educational. His telescope focused on stars, constellations and galaxies I have read and heard about, but never...More

Thank Tuck1930
Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Astronomy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2015

Hi Tucker, Many thanks for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed your stargazing tour. I agree that no matter how often you see photos of things in the sky it's always impressive and memorable to actually see them 'live' with your own eyes through a...More

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