Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy

When: 25-27 March 2022
Where: Wellington Conference Room in the Martinborough Hotel, Memorial Square, Martinborough

The Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy is pleased to announce that the next course will be offered in Martinborough, 25-27 March 2022.

Twizel AAA attendees and instructors, 2021. Photo: John Drummond

The course will run from the afternoon of Friday March 25 to the early evening of Sunday March 27. The venue will be the Wellington Conference Room in the Martinborough Hotel, Memorial Square, Martinborough.

The course is designed for current or prospective astrotourism night-sky guides or for anyone interested in navigating the night sky and understanding more about astronomy. Places at the course are limited to 30.

The AAA school will include:
• an immersive programme of lectures, talks, workshops and night-time observing (weather permitting),
• an optional visit to John Whitby’s Star Field Observatory on the Friday afternoon
• an evening reception on Friday 25 March
• practical workshops on astrophotography and establishing an astro-tourism business
• morning and afternoon teas and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday.

More details of the programme, the AAA instructors and of how to register are to be found on the AAA website at Registration for the course can be made on-line at the AAA website.
Please email John Hearnshaw ( or Nalayini Davies
( if you have any queries.

The Wairarapa was chosen for the third AAA course in recognition of the strong local support for protecting dark skies from the Wairarapa Dark Sky Association and also to support the growing astrotourism industry in this region of Aotearoa.

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