Autumn Equinox @ Stonehenge Aotearoa New Zealand. What a treat sharing with the local community a ritual of celebration of the seasons. The equinox occurs twice a year when the length of hours for sun light and night light are equal. A full-scale adaptation of the Stonehenge ruins on the Salisbury Plain, England is open to the public in Carterton, New Zealand, approximately 90 minutes from Wellington.
Stonehenge Aotearoa is a purpose constructed stone circle in the stunning hills of the Wairarapa countryside. Richard, clearly a man of passion for astronomy, legends and rituals guided us through his Legends of the Equinox presentation. We then proceeded outside to the Stonehenge Aotearoa to glimpse the sun setting on the heel stone and more legends from ancient times.
We retreated to the warmth inside and a shared meal typical of a good summer’s harvest in preparation for the colder winter months to come. Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand and the translation is the land of the long white cloud.
Photo credit: k.bell 2017