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StellarFest 2017

posted Jul 14, 2012, 4:20 PM by Mike White   [ updated May 15, 2017, 3:22 AM by Stephen Chadwick ]

The Horowhenua Astronomical Society is holding the sixth annual StellarFest in the Lower North Island.

21st-23rd July

Foxton Beach Bible Camp, Foxton Beach, Horowhenua

The overall theme of the weekend will be the Winter Milky Way.  The venue is situated at a dark site so this wondrous area of the night sky will be easily visible and riding high in the sky. 

The weekend will include:

Hydrogen-alpha solar viewing and photography 
Interesting talks by both professional and amateur astronomers 
Night-time observing, through a variety of telescopes (feel free to bring your own telescopes – the more the merrier!) 
A telescope trail 

The talks, on a wide variety of astronomical topics, shall be held throughout the day and, in the event of bad weather, during the evening. 

The programme of talks is yet to be finalised but speakers that are already confirmed include:

    Professor Bill Williams
    Professor Paul Delaney 
    Edwin Rodley
    Stephen Chadwick
    Nicholas Witte
    JP Borberg

All talks will be accessible to a general audience. 

If you have your own telescope/binoculars/camera please bring them along.  If you would like some advice about getting the most out of your equipment there will be experts on hand to assist.  Don't be shy!

There is a pool table and table tennis as well as a playground with trampolines and a flying fox, rugby and soccer, grass tennis and volleyball to keep the young (and not so young!) amused. 


StellarFest Fee:  Applies to ALL attendees, including Day Visitors.
People over 18 years = $23.00   /   10-18 years = $12. Under 10s = FREE  

On-Site Accommodation:
Shared heated Cabins (from twin to 8 per cabin) or Dormitory - $20 per night per person over 10 years old; $3 per night for under 10s.

We will endeavour to accommodate couples and families in cabins ahead of individuals. As the cabins are limited in number, individuals may be asked to use the dormitory accommodation. If you are an individual, and can pre-arrange to share a cabin please tell us beforehand.  Any spare cabins will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.

Alternative Accommodation:
The Foxton Beach Motor Camp is located within 5 minutes' drive of the StellarFest venue.  They have powered and non-powered sites as well as cabins available.  Please make bookings directly with them:- Foxton Beach Top 10 Holiday Park


Mattresses and pillows are provided but please note that you must bring your own pillow slips and bedding.

A large fully equipped kitchen is available, with crockery, utensils, dishwasher, cleaning products, fridges and freezers.  A huge dining hall is available for eating in.

The main hall is fully set up for talks.  It has a large open fire as well as electric heating.

The venue is hired on a ‘do-it-yourself’ basis – groceries can be bought locally from New World in Foxton, or from the dairy in Foxton Beach itself.


At Saturday and Sunday lunchtime pizza will be available IF BOOKED IN ADVANCE.  There will be a choice of ham and cheese or vegetarian.  These pizzas will cost $7 each.  On the Saturday evening an optional fish and chip supper is available for $8 per head. All other meals must be prepared by yourself using the available facilities.

Hot soup will be available (gold coin donation) on both Friday and Saturday evening to accompany observing and other activities.  


If you have any queries please contact the HASI Secretary, Tina Hills, at:

Location of the Foxton Beach Bible Camp

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The Venue

Foxton Beach Astrocamp