Join Us

Here are some ways to take part in this year's Winterstellar

Astrophotography Competition

Open for entries 8th April to 27th May 2024
Prizegiving Event June 22nd 2024

Winterstellar Exhibitions

Open for Submissions of Interest till 27th May 2024
Visit the Exhibitions in Arrowtown and Alexandra

Stargazing Tours

Join us at Monte Christo Winery for guided stargazing tours including wine tasting

Winterstellar Charitable Trust

Winterstellar Charitable Trust was established in 2022 with the following objectives:


Staring into the eyes of Ghost Sheep photo by Rebekah De Jong

To foster a general appreciation of the night sky through astrophotography and other arts

To promote Maori Mātauranga and narratives, including Matariki, with respect to our understanding of the night sky


Mary Ann helping kids with VR headset - Matariki Celebration in Alexandra 2021 - Photo by Clare Toia-Bailey
Checking out the VR headsets - Matariki Celebration in Alexandra 2021 - Photo by Clare Toia-Bailey

To educate and foster a greater understanding of the night sky through astronomy and other sciences

To promote the benefits of the dark skies of Otago and Southland, New Zealand


Looking through at frosty telescope - Matariki Celebration in Alexandra 2021 - Photo by Clare Toia-Bailey

Winterstellar Exhibitions 2024

@ Arrowtown

Lakes District Museum & Gallery

Open to public – 21st June to 21st July 2024

Special event at Matariki Festival 28th June

@ Alexandra

Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery

Opening 5pm 19th August 2024 (invite only)

Open to public – 20th August to 15th September 2024

Find out more here…


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Winterstellar @ Alexandra U3A

For four Fridays in September, Winterstellar delivered 4 talks to Alexandra U3A covering: Astrophotography with Andy Davey & Vicky Bowman Winterstellar with Andy Davey Dark Side of the Universe with Professor Brian Boyle Otago Dark Read more…