Kiwi Observatory
Kiwi Observatory
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Kiwi Observatory is a private observatory. Our observatory has a dome on a sliding roof, allowing us the ability to use different telescopes. Home to a 12 inch and 11 inch telescopes on computer controlled mounts. we also have other telescopes which we use outside depending on the number of visitors. Solar observing of the sun during the day can also be arranged on request, using special H-Alpha solar telescope. We ask for a donation only (details on our website and when booking) which goes to the up keep of the equipment. We look forward to showing you the night sky and providing informative tour.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Peter H
Timaru, New Zealand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Solo
One of NZ's best little observatories here in Timaru City. Robert and Heather have built this up over the last couple of years and are a very enthusiastic couple willing to share the skies objects with anyone who is interested to learn and enjoy the views through some high quality instruments. Young families to seniors will be impressed with the night sky viewing or solar watching when the weather is clear. Gold coin donations are gratefully appreciated that support the local astronomy group.
This observatory is situated in central Timaru, very close to West End Park in Wai-iti Road.
Written 27 May 2014
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kazpaulbec
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
My daughter and I first visited the Kiwi Observatory on an open night and we really enjoyed the opportunity to view many night sky objects with welcoming and enthusiastic hosts Robert and Heather. My daughter was very impressed with the sight of Saturn and its rings and went back for several more looks! Well worth arranging a visit if you are interested in the night sky.
Written 28 January 2014
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John C
Shropshire, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We went, not knowing what to expect. What we got was a fascinating 2 hours with 2 very enthusiastic amateur astronomers using high-grade telescopes in an observatory built in the front garden of their suburban home! We viewed Mars, the Moon, and several star clusters many light years beyond our galaxy. Richard and Heather's passion for the stars is contagious. We would not have missed the evening for anything. There is no admission fee - they ask for a donation. If you're anywhere near Timaru, this is a must-see!
Written 14 October 2016
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Mollie E
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
We had a small group of 5 people and we had the best night - despite the cold ! Beautiful clear night - the warm and friendly hosts have a lot of knowledge about the night sky and blew all our minds with facts upon facts ! The telescopes were really cool ! Thanks so much for a great night :)
Written 14 July 2018
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Mauritz M
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
It's a lovely (self made) observatory in their backyard.
You'll get to look at Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and heaps of starclusters. It's so interesting to see how many things are up there in the sky. They show you a few movies and self shot photos of stars and planets and explain to you everything about stars, planets and so on!

Thank you so much for this stunning experience!
I enjoyed it so much!
Written 3 June 2018
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Dennis L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
We were very welcome at the home were the observstory is. We saw so many items and they explain everthing. Also we saw a lot of famous stars (jewel box, saturn and even another Galaxy!). It was an amazing evening. The host are super friendly. Definitely recommend it!
Written 4 October 2017
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Freidl H
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Great learning experience about our night sky, Fun to see how amateur astronomy is done. Knowledgeable hosts took good care of everyone and answered questions about the objects we saw. Using the telescopes was primo.
Written 29 January 2014
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Phyllis B
Timaru, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
This is an excellent spot and being in town (Timaru), so handy to just pop in and enjoy the company of the hosts,Robert and Heather McTague.
The Kiwi Obseratory is an insperation to visitors to have a go at building one of these,as I'm sure a set of plans might be available to anyone interested.
I have been to viewings several times and found this group very helpful.
Written 28 January 2014
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K2 Kelley
Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The skies that seemed so distant were brought close with their telescopes! While the observatory is in a residential neighbourhood, it is really well done. We learned so much that evening and had a clear night which gave us much to observe. Certainly a treat and well worth our time.
Written 5 April 2019
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Aldis R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
First time I was in observatory. Enjoyed that that’s not a commercial place, but own made. Learned a lot information about stars, galaxies, planets etc. If you’re in Timaru I suggest.
Written 2 March 2019
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