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Great Barrier Island is one of only four IDA Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world. One of the darkest places in the world, guaranteed! Our night sky is amazingly dark as our light pollution is minimal. If you have never seen a sky without light...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Tryphena, Auckland, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect evening. Fun and informative. Highlights were seeing craters on the moon, the Magellan clouds and the Matariki stars.

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Hilde_on_GBI, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome you loved your evening under the stars. Isn't there so much to enjoy!?

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed Good Heavens but thought it was too expensive - $80 would have been a more realistic price for an enthousastic amateur’s talk.

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Hilde_on_GBI, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Great you enjoyed your dark sky experience! We choose to keep our groups small for plenty of telescope time and interaction with the guide. We feel that this, in combination with the comfort offered, makes our pricing very competitive.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A memorable couple of hours spent learning about and observing the magnificent night sky. It was a magical experience, sitting back in comfy chairs on a beautiful clear night, taking the time to look above and learn about what we see up there. It was...More

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DeborahGBI, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Helen! I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stargazing experience so much and I am thrilled to think that a telescope may be on the cards!! I recommend that you join your local astronomical society for guidance on how to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hilda provided four of us with hot chocolate, brownies and a wonderful explanation of the night. My highlight was seeing Saturn and it’s rings and the Pleiades. I thoroughly recommend the experience it is a must do activity on Great Barrier Island

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words, Michael! Wasn't it just a really enjoyable night under the stars? There was just so much to see and the sky was so clear! P.S. I trust the binoculars are working well for you?

Reviewed October 19, 2018

Excellent Opportunity to view the night sky and get extraordinary knowledge about the stars, planets and constellations. Very Knowledgeable Guide.

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to guide you through our starry sky! Deborah

Reviewed October 17, 2018

The question was always going to be "Would the weather allow this to go ahead?" We were given clear instructions for the rendezvous. The guide was knowledgable and was able to adapt to the rapidly changing partial cloud coverage. My daughter and I have had...More

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2018

Thanks very much for your clear review. Isn't it so wonderful when the heavens clear up unexpectedly and the dark sky shows herself in her full glory? It was a pleasure to have you on the tour. Great to hear that your daughter has become...More

Reviewed October 16, 2018

Recently I was lucky to enjoy an amazing evening of Stargazing on beautiful Medlands beach on the Dark Sky Sanctuary island of Aotea Great Barrier Island. Deborah took us on a journey through time and space and ignited my imagination with great information and easy...More

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

I'm delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your journey through the universe Kim! It was such a pleasure to have you on the tour. Looking forward to having you back soon!! Deborah

Reviewed October 14, 2018

We can not rave enough about our guided tour of the stairs with Deb. As a family we booked this for a birthday treat for one family member. We were all impressed with the professional and friendly approach. This is a must thing to do...More

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

Thank you so much for your great feedback! I really enjoyed guiding your family through our universe and am so pleased that everyone enjoyed the birthday treat :) Deborah

Reviewed September 24, 2018

Hide was a font of galactic knowledge. We learnt so much about the heavens and the fish pie was wonderful. Thoroughly recommended!

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Thanks Greg! I really enjoyed enlightening your group on the marvels of the universe. Looking forward to your return at some point in the future!

Reviewed September 16, 2018

The beach setting was magical, our guide Hilde was knowledgeable and entertaining, the hot chocolate was delicious and the star of the show, our Universe, was breath-taking - the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, beautiful nebulae and the constellations. It was quite simply,...More

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HildeFromBarrier, Owner at Good Heavens, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

Thank you for your kind words, Donna and Tony. Glad you enjoyed your Dark Sky Experience! And you are so right, there really is nothing as marvelous as our Universe! Taking a closer look increases that awareness.

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CupyDee
May 16, 2018|
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Response from Hilde_on_GBI | Property representative |
Hi! Thanks for your question. Being an island, our climate can vary a lot year round. Some July days can be beautiful, crisp and clear, while others can be cloudy and rainy. The historical data that I found on... More
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