Waharau Dark Sky Weekend  

Friday 21 April - Sunday 23 April 2017

Waharau Regional Park

The Auckland Astronomical Society is hosting a Dark Sky Observing Weekend from 21st to 23rd April 2017 at Waharau Regional Park on the south-east side of the Hunua Ranges.

An exciting two-night event at this premier dark sky venue on the coast of the Firth of Thames hosted by the Society. Sunset is before 6pm and the Moon is in 4th Quarter so there is plenty of time for star gazing and astrophotography. 

On Saturday there is a full program of events scheduled during the day with two parallel sessions planned: Astrophotography and Practical Astronomy culminating in a telescope trail where everyone gets the opportunity to show off their equipment or admire others!



Practical Astronomy

12:00 - 14:00


Equipment, maintenance, collimation, etc

14:30 - 16:00

Equipment and set up

Star finding, night sky, celestial navigation

16:30 - 17:30

Telescope trail

Telescope trail


Accommodation is on-site at the dorm-style Regional Park cabins. Full kitchen facilities are available including a walk-in fridge. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. All meals are BYO.

If the weather turns cloudy, we'll have a movie to keep you entertained. If the weather looks like it will be REALLY bad, there is a reserve weekend the following weekend.

Pricing is as follows:

AAS Members


Early Bird paid by 31 March






Prices are per person and cover the weekend including accomodation. Note: there is no one-night price.

For bookings, please contact

        Niven Brown -  or
        Andrew Buckingham - or ph 09 473 5877.

PO Box 24-187, Royal Oak, Auckland 1345.          For all enquiries: email the Treasurer          Website by Moore IT