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Fantastic evening

We have a great family time at Kiwi observatory. The staff is great and friendly. We really... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
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23rd Birthday star gazing !

We had a small group of 5 people and we had the best night - despite the cold ! Beautiful clear... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2018
Mollie E
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Oct 8, 2018
“Fantastic evening”
Jul 14, 2018
“23rd Birthday star gazing !”
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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
28 Kiwi Drive | Highfield, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 274 883 735
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Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We have a great family time at Kiwi observatory. The staff is great and friendly. We really recommend it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Mollie E
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mauri M
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

We loved our hours at the kiwi observatory. enthusiastic hosts and we learnt a lot as well as observing many phenomena in the night sky

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable couple have this set up in their garden. Spent a very interesting 2 hours being shown how it works and looking at what can be seen. I now know what some of the points of light in the sky are.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Brenda M
Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

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....More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Dennis L
Reviewed October 14, 2016

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...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank John C
Reviewed May 16, 2016

I bought a Telescope online (not from these fine folks) and I was having trouble understanding how to set it up. In about 1 hour they had me sorted and on the right track. Thankyou

Date of experience: May 2016
Reviewed May 27, 2014

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...More

Date of experience: February 2014
8  Thank Peter H
Reviewed January 29, 2014

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.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Freidl H
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October 19, 2017|
Response from Robertmnz288 | Property representative |
Three is too young to use the scopes, your child is welcome but must not touch the equipment
Julia W
November 12, 2016|
Response from Robertmnz288 | Property representative |
Its a private observatory, depends on the weather and our availability, we do our best to accommodate except for the weather.