Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy

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Martinborough, New Dates 8-10 July 2022

Our Martinborough course has been postponed until 8-10 July, 2022

As a result of the Omicron Covid wave now occurring in New Zealand, we have postponed this year’s  Martinborough course, until 8-10 July. The venue will still be the Martinborough Hotel.

Some of our instructors with underlying health conditions were unable to participate in March because of the increased risk at that time. We therefore had no choice but to postpone the course.

We apologise for having to make this change, but in the event we had no choice in spite of the considerable disruption to our smooth schedule.

Please contact John Hearnshaw (john.b.hearnshaw@gmail.com) or Nalayini Davies (nbrito@vinstar.co.nz) for more information.

Aotearoa Astrotourism Academy, AAA, is launched by Professor John Hearnshaw with the support of Nalayini Davies, to satisfy an unmet need in the astronomical community.

The primary goal of AAA is to offer educational courses for current or aspiring astro-tourism night-sky guides, or for anyone interested in navigating the dark night sky.

AAA has assembled a small team of dedicated and expert instructors, and the plan is to offer short courses on all aspects of night-sky guiding. AAA hopes to impart some of the basic skills and knowledge considered essential for those working in the fast growing astro-tourism industry.

This intensive course comprises lectures, practical sessions (weather permitting for evening observing) and plenty of interactions between instructors and participants.

WHO IS THIS ACADEMY FOR?

Those seeking a solid foundation of knowledge and practical skills to pursue astronomy in the following forms

Astro-tourism participants

Amateur Astronomers

Photographers

Night Sky Navigators

Lifetime Learners

Nature Lovers

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THE COURSE

NEXT SCHOOL
8-10 JULY 2022
MARTINBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND

Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

The Martinborough Hotel offers boutique accommodation located on the doorstep to everything Martinborough and the South Wairarapa has to offer.

TEKAPO, NEW ZEALAND

Tasman Room, Godley Hotel, SH8, Lake Tekapo

Tekapo is situated in the South Island of New Zealand, within the Aoraki-Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

TWIZEL, NEW ZEALAND

Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

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.