About Good Heavens
Good Heavens, a team of trained Dark Sky Ambassadors, are here to delight you with the spectacular starry sky of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. Our island is accredited as one of only four International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world.
Our light pollution is minimal, our stars are superb.
Join us on a journey through the night sky and enjoy an experience that is illuminating, comfortable, professional and tailored to you.
Stargazing in the Southern Hemisphere
Let us guide you through constellations, special stars and deep
sky objects unique to the southern hemisphere. See the moon if she
is visible or the Milky Way if she isn't. Gaze closely at a planet. Hear how Great Barrier Island has become a Dark Sky Sanctuary, and what makes our island so special.
Use your naked eyes, our night-time binoculars and our 8" Newtonian telescope. Whether you are after a stepping stone for further exploration of the universe or a one-off enlightening experience, join us for a night of beauty, wonderment and stories under the stars.
Great Barrier Island
Good Heavens is located on beautiful and remote Great Barrier Island. In summer, our island is lively and fun. In winter, serene and picturesque. In summer, some of our beaches are full of families enjoying sea and sand. In winter, you will have most beaches to yourself. In summer stargazing comprises of well known constellations and pleasant coolness - a perfect activity to follow dinner or an evening BBQ. Winter stargazers enjoy the spectacular full sweep of the Milky Way, plenty of planets and early, crisp nights.
The island is unique. It’s remote, off the grid, and its permanent population is less than 1000. It's accessible by plane or ferry from Auckland, New Zealand. At a distance of 88 km north east of Auckland, getting here is part of the adventure!
Needless to say, planning for your trip to the Aotea/Great Barrier Island is essential.
There are plenty of options for transport and accommodation on the island, and it is much easier to organise this before you arrive. Use www.greatbarrier.co.nz to look for great places to stay, the best way to get around the island and activities that excite you.
Travel to Great Barrier Island
To enjoy a Dark Sky Experience, you will want (and need) to stay overnight. In fact, we recommend you stay at least 2 nights, to have more chance of a clear night and the best experience. But you needn’t worry about getting bored as there is plenty of exploring to do on Great Barrier Island.
Flights to Great Barrier Island leave from Auckland Domestic Airport, within walking distance or a short shuttle ride from Auckland International Airport. Airline operators are FlyMySky and Great Barrier Air, and their scenic flights over the Hauraki Gulf in 8 or 15 seater planes take around half an hour.
The Sealink ferry sails 3 times a week in winter and every day in the middle of summer. A ferry crossing takes around 4.5 hours from downtown Auckland.
Transport on Great Barrier Island
The island's bus service operates once during the day and is not suitable for our Dark Sky Experiences. For a Look Up and Get Lost Experience at Medlands Beach, we recommend renting a car, getting a night time taxi or booking accommodation at Medlands beach (try Medlands Beach Lodge, Medlands Beach Backpackers or Bookabach)
The alternative is to book a Heavens Above Private Dark Sky Experience where we will come to you, either at your accommodation, or a suitable place close by. The added bonus is that you will have us to yourself.
How you experience our Dark Sky is what matters most to us. If you have a special starry dream, contact us to see if we can fulfill it. Let us guide you through our Dark Skies and marvel at their magic!
The directors of Good Heavens, Deb and Hilde, are women with backgrounds in economics, change management and hospitality. This is reflected in our attention to detail and our focus on you. We want you to feel on top of the world while gazing up at the stars. Our experiences are boutique and personable, comfortable yet sustainable, and professional as well as friendly. We welcome questions and conversation.
We are looking forward to meeting you under our sparkly sky.
Deborah Kilgallon and Hilde Hoven
PO Box 76, Tryphena
Great Barrier Island (Aotea) Auckland 0991
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