Perfectly positioned on the edge of the Hauraki Gulf and with no reticulated electricity supply, Aotea enjoys almost no light pollution. Because of this, the island's skies have been rated as 'second to none'! We are proud to be one of only four International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world and the only island sanctuary.
It is Good Heaven's mission to share the wonders of our spectacular starry sky with visitors to beautiful Great Barrier Island.
We aim to give you the best dark sky experience possible, whether it's a stepping stone for further exploration of the universe or a one-off enlightening experience.
Good Heavens is a group of trained Dark Sky Ambassadors based right here on Great Barrier Island.
Our enthusiastic ambassadors will guide you through the starry southern night skies and beyond, sharing their knowledge on the basics of astronomy and acquainting you with the amazing display above. Whether you're a couple looking to experience something unique during your island visit or part of a larger group wanting to add a whole new dimension to your island adventure...
Good Heavens Dark Sky Experiences will ensure your time on Aotea is memorable and amazing!
Take a look at our Dark Sky Experience menu...
Look Up and Get Lost
Deep Sky Experience - In a dark island location, we will set up a telescope to help us get close and personal with the stars and look at some deep sky objects and some interesting constellations. We may even see a planet or distant galaxy! Tour takes around 1.5 hours and suits individuals or groups.
Tariff: $120 per guest, under 13’s - $60
Good Heavens Private Dark Sky Experience
Our team bring an 8" Dobsonian telescope, binoculars, beanbags and hot chocolate to you, at your accommodation or a beautiful beach close by. We will look at stars, constellations, planets and some deep sky objects. This tour lasts for approx. 2 hrs.
Tariff: $600 for 4 guests, $120 for each additional guest, under 13’s - $60.
Dining with the Stars
This is also a Private Dark Sky Experience at your accommodation. In addition to the above, we will bring dinner prepared by one of our local gourmet chefs, served by us. Choose either a delicious smoked fish pie or scrumptious lasagna. Both are served with a fresh Barrier garden salad. This tour takes approx. 3hrs.
Tariff: $740 for up to 4 guests, $155 for each additional guest, under 13’s - $85.
The fine print
- All tours start approximately 1 hour after sunset.
- Warm clothing is essential, regardless of the season.
- We cannot guarantee weather conditions.
- Not all objects may be visible on any given night.
- Check with us if you have any specific wishes.
- No white lights, such as phones, torches, etc.
- Recommended minimum age is 7 years.
- We offer hot chocolate or herbal teas.