Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stonehenge, New Zealand

The world’s newest Stonehenge, opened in 2005, can be found in the Wairarapa hills of New Zealand. A full-scale adaptation of the original Salisbury Plains Stonehenge, it is located about an hours' drive from Wellington, the nation’s capital.

Stonehenge Aotearoa was built by the Phoenix Astronomical Society to help people rediscover the basics of astronomy. It is very much an interactive experience, with visitors allowed to stand amongst the pillars and learn about the stars in the sky.

This New Zealand henge incorporates Maori lore and marks the stars and constellations that Polynesian navigators followed on their voyages across the Pacific Ocean.

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