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Awesome tour around the stars

I visited Peter's observatory alone and I was lucky the sky was clear and I could look into his... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Amazing experience!

Peter totally knows how to make the experience unforgettable. We had an oppurtunity to see Jupiter... read more

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Geraldine Observatory is one of New Zealands best private observatories. Operated by Peter and Wyn Aldous, the observatory has a 14 inch, six inch refractor, four inch triplit refractor, all mounted on a Paramont ME mount in a large roll on roll off...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Peter's observatory alone and I was lucky the sky was clear and I could look into his telescope and discover Saturn, Moon, Mars and distant galaxies! Peter is an amateur so he only asks for a donation, but bear in mind that observatories...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Peter totally knows how to make the experience unforgettable. We had an oppurtunity to see Jupiter, Saturn and Mars through telescope. Also saw few constellations and heard about brief history of them. Totally recommend to visit his observatory. The host is very kind and enjoys...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a family of five including 5 year old twins we found Peter a wonderful host, dealing with all the questions and helping the young ones to get the most out of their telescope time. For a couple of hours we got an inkling of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great night out! Went with some mates and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Host Peter is super knowledgeable and very excited about the night sky. We say Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Neptune through the telescope and some really beautiful and mind blowing star clusters....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good communication. Easy to find on google maps. Very detailed and informative. Host was very knowledgable and catered to our 4 and 6 year old. Suitable for all ages. Maybe a little more guidance around a suitable donation would be helpful. I feel my...More

Thank molloyrangiora
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

It was a privilege and a joy to spend time with Peter, his telescopes and his photographs. His enthusiasm for astronomy is infectious and his knowledge very deep. We learned sp much, and our minds were completely stunned by his pictures. I would recommend this...More

Thank DorsetAndrew
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This is well worth your time and money! Peter was so enthusiastic and passionate about astronomy and gave us such an amazing experience! I would recommend this to everybody. It it so much better and more valuable than paying big $$ to go to a...More

Thank EmilyW3174
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

We were very fortunate to visit the observatory on a perfectly clear night and to have Peter to just the two of us. This was a long term highlight for us. What we saw was simply amazing and Peter’s knowledge and obvious pleasure in sharing...More

Thank thestenings
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Such a privilege to hear him speak and show us photos and the Milky Way video. So much - yet so little did we see. Although the night was cloudy - it mattered not. Thank you Peter - very warm, very welcoming and thoroughly informative....More

Thank Jan A
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I missed out on going to the Lake Taupo Observatory because it was shut due to high winds. This actually did us a favour because decided to go back to Christchurch via Geraldine. Geraldine has an observatory which is owned by a...More

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