We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Geraldine Observatory

22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 7337
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
A unique and memorable experience

We visited Peter's observatory back in February and it was an amazing educational experience. We... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
saj868
,
Herzliya
Passionate and fascinating

Better late than never! I've been visiting Peter's Observatory in February, and it was amazing! He... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2018
Marine B
Read all 110 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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 observatory, a 11 inch HD Edge telescope in a domed observatory as well as others. Peters main interest is super nova hunting (exploding stars)and sharing the joys of the night sky with members of the public. Peter has over 40 years experience as a amateur astronomer.Donations go to promoting outreach astronomy in South Canterbury.
  • Excellent98%
  • Very good2%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
CONTACT
Website
+64 3-693 7337
Write a ReviewReviews (110)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"his passion"
in 6 reviews
"wonderful experience"
in 7 reviews
"wonderful evening"
in 5 reviews
"new zealand"
in 10 reviews
"star clusters"
in 4 reviews
"jewel box"
in 4 reviews
"wealth of knowledge"
in 4 reviews
"milky way"
in 3 reviews
"mind blowing"
in 3 reviews
"clear night"
in 3 reviews
"my eyes"
in 2 reviews
"ask questions"
in 2 reviews
"donation based"
in 2 reviews
"kids and adults"
in 2 reviews
"incredible views"
in 2 reviews
"cloudy evening"
in 2 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 106 reviews

Reviewed 12 May 2018

We visited Peter's observatory back in February and it was an amazing educational experience. We are a family of 2 plus an 11 year old boy. For our son, it was a very special experience, one to remember during our 10 months of travels in...More

Thank saj868
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 April 2018

Better late than never! I've been visiting Peter's Observatory in February, and it was amazing! He shared with us his knowledge, we've seen the beauty of the sky through his telescope, and were delighted with the incredible photographs he took. Thank you Peter for your...More

Thank Marine B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Our family (2 adults and children 8 & 10) has a fantastic evening at the observatory. Peter is a very friendly and knowledgeable man. Very good with children, encouraging them to ask questions and answering them in way they understand. Definitely worth a second visit...More

Thank markandjoannejow
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Peter is an incredible individual with a wealth of knowledge. To visit the Geraldine Observatory is not just to gain first hand insight into the universe and our existence, but to gain insight into an extraordinary way of life full of passion and inspiration for...More

Thank Rachelle M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing experience at the Geraldine observatory. Peter was extremely friendly and welcoming, with none of us being experts in astronomy we were unsure what to expect, he was incredibly knowledable and no question was silly question! If ever in Geraldine it's a...More

Thank Hannah P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Our group of 8 was very impressed with this private observatory in Geraldine. Peter Aldous was very gracious to us and very knowledgeable about the Southern Hemisphere night sky. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who has an interest in our skies and...More

Thank Walker3G2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see the world of nebula, galaxies,planets and stars through the eyes of someone who has passionately followed the world of astronomy most of his life. It was great to have access to his equipment and knowledge in...More

Thank Pamela C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Three of us ended up in Geraldine and then discovered that this small town had an Observatory. We had previously thought of going to Mount John but it was fully booked so to find another Observatory”just down the road” seemed just too good to be...More

Thank AlanandJanie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I booked this as a birthday gift for my husband who has an interest in astronomy and found it an fantastic experience too!! Peter has the most amazing amount of knowledge on the night sky. His photographs and the information of his years of studying...More

Thank R4349HVlisah
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 February 2018

Peter is a friendly and interesting character, with a wealth of knowledge on astronomy, astro-photography and observatory construction. He made us most welcome and showed us many stunning views through his high-spec telescopes. He is keen to pass on his experience and to discuss anything...More

Thank austin-ex-jafa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 hotels in Geraldine
ASURE Scenic Route Motor Lodge
166 reviews
.08 km away
Fourpeaks Motel
27 reviews
.52 km away
Brookside Motel
3 reviews
.62 km away
Geraldine motels
69 reviews
.66 km away
Nearby Restaurants
The Running Duck
191 reviews
.13 km away
Verde Cafe
268 reviews
.37 km away
Central Cafe and Grill
129 reviews
.30 km away
Village Inn
184 reviews
.30 km away
Nearby Attractions
Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum
93 reviews
1.49 km away
Geraldine Cinema
52 reviews
1.21 km away
The Giant Jersey
45 reviews
.03 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Geraldine Observatory staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit
;