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An Experience Not Be Missed.

We were very fortunate to visit the observatory on a perfectly clear night and to have Peter to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
via mobile
Not enough ratings to rate this gentle man with such passion for our systems.

Such a privilege to hear him speak and show us photos and the Milky Way video. So much - yet so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jan A
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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

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank lynleeee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We felt very privileged to have had the opportunity to spend an evening at Peters Observatory in Geraldine. Even though the night sky was a bit cloudy the whole family still found the whole experience fascinating! Peters passion and wealth of knowledge is truely inspiring,...More

Thank Dallas R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Peter was very warm, welcoming and enthusiastic about showing us the stars. We had a great time listening to his stories and facts about the planets. We definitely learned a lot in a couple hours; not just about space but also about how we play...More

Thank Khushboo G
Reviewed 13 July 2018

At Geraldine Star Observatory, Peter Aldous has one of the most powerful telescopes in New Zealand. Peters knowledge, humour and passion for viewing and photographing the wonders of the universe is limitless. Why go to Tekapo or Mount John when you can see experience everything...More

Thank Dave S
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

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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
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
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
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