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Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty Sights

Whakatane Observatory

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

If you've a hankering to see the stars from an antipodean perspective, check out the Whakatane Observatory. With no city lights to obscure the view, the skies here rate among the clearest in the country. Showings are obviously weather dependent, however on a good night you will see in stark clarity sights such as the "jewel box," a cluster of multi-colored stars near the Southern Cross. Nighttime presentations are informal and informative, led by local astrologer Norm Izett.

Sight Information

Address:

Hurinui Ave., Whakatane, 3120, New Zealand

Phone:

07-308–6495

Sight Details:

  • $15
  • Tues. and Fri., opens between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm (depending on how late the sun sets)

Updated 02/18/2014

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