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Geraldine Observatory

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Address: 22 Macdonald Street, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
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+64 3-693 7337
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Geraldine Observatory is one of New Zealands best private observatories....

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.

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Amazing Star Gazing far from the Madding Crowd

What an amazing experience to visit this private observatory. So glad we took the advice of our motel owner and visited this attraction. Peter makes the whole experience highly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience to visit this private observatory. So glad we took the advice of our motel owner and visited this attraction. Peter makes the whole experience highly personalised and interesting, his knowledge is amazing. A great chance to view the night sky in a quiet intimate environment with an awe inspiring, knowledgeable, empathetic person. A good idea to... More 

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Geraldine, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely blown away! Peter was so knowledgable, informative and great with the kids. A wonderful experience. We will definately be returning.

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Thank Roz S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience for both kids and adults. Peter is incredibly knowledgeable and fully recommend going out of your way to pay him and the many stars a visit!

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Thank Ruth T
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 April 2017

What a wonderful experience it was to visit this private observatory owned by a wonderful man named Peter. He showed us so much out there in the night sky with an incredible telescope. He taught us so much in such a personal and warm way. My 14 year old son was inspired, no mean feat! I have been to the... More 

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Thank cohenartsed
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We were on our way traveling through and couldn't find a place to stay elsewhere, so wound up in Geraldine. We had anticipated to stay in a more highly-visited area and to potentially see one of those observatories. But when 'failing' plans landed us in Geraldine, we stumbled upon this observatory instead. Turned out to be an incredible blessing and... More 

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Thank Jessica W
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Peter is such an interesting man. I am a bit of a sciency space nerd and I loved seeing the stars with him. He is crazy knowledgeable and loves answering questions. It went pretty late and I was glad I didn't bring my 8 year old son even though he loves the stars. Peter then takes all the donations and... More 

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Thank johanna_schroeder
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

I read about Peter and his observatory on Trip Advisor and it sounded like something fun and different to do during our weekend in Geraldine. Unfortunately on the evening we went it was too cloudy and we didn’t get a chance to look through the telescope, but we did get to watch a video and see photos of the amazing... More 

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Thank mooseandbok2006
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

There is nothing more I can say about Peter and his observatory that hasn't already been written. Informative, educational and incredible views if nebula, star clusters and the moon's mountains. His tales of supernova hunting and mountaineering are enthralling. A worthwhile evening, which being a resident of Geraldine I will be repeating soon.

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Thank baxterbeagle
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

This was a visit with my husband and four other adults. Peter Aldous led us on a breathtaking journey through his own awesome astro photographic pictures in his office, followed by letting us view the evening sky from various angles on his highly magnetised telescopes. We had a cloudless star filled sky and Peter's knowledge and enthusiasm made it a... More 

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Reviewed 13 January 2017

We had a great night at Geraldine observatory. Peter is an expert, great fun and his set up is fascinating. Hes a Lancashire lad too so that's the icing on the cake.

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