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Kiwi Observatory

28 Kiwi Drive | Highfield, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 274 883 735
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My first look through a telescope

Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable couple have this set up in their garden. Spent a very... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
Brenda M
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Amazing host. Cool en Nice experience

We were very welcome at the home were the observstory is. We saw so many items and they explain... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Dennis L
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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 we use outside depending on the number of visitors. Solar observing of the sun during the day can also be arranged on request, using special H-Alpha solar telescope. We ask for a donation only, (details on our website and when booking) which goes to the up keep of the equipment. we look forward to showing you the night sky and providing informative tour.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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28 Kiwi Drive | Highfield, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 January 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.

Thank Brenda M
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Reviewed 5 October 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

Thank Dennis L
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Reviewed 15 October 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

Thank John C
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Reviewed 17 May 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

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Reviewed 27 May 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

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Reviewed 29 January 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.

1  Thank Freidl H
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

This is an excellent spot and being in town (Timaru), so handy to just pop in and enjoy the company of the hosts,Robert and Heather McTague. The Kiwi Obseratory is an insperation to visitors to have a go at building one of these,as I'm sure...More

1  Thank Phyllis B
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

My daughter and I first visited the Kiwi Observatory on an open night and we really enjoyed the opportunity to view many night sky objects with welcoming and enthusiastic hosts Robert and Heather. My daughter was very impressed with the sight of Saturn and its...More

3  Thank kazpaulbec
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Evelyn C
19 October 2017|
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Response from Robertmnz288 | Property representative |
Three is too young to use the scopes, your child is welcome but must not touch the equipment
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Julia W
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Its a private observatory, depends on the weather and our availability, we do our best to accommodate except for the weather.
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