Kiwi Stonehenge


Checking through my old bookmarks, I came across an old BBC article about the opening last February of a Stonehenge in New Zealand.

“For millennia people have gazed in awe at Stonehenge, often totally unaware of how structures such as this were used. Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica of the ruin on Salisbury Plain in England. It is a complete and working structure designed and built for its precise location in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand. The henge stones, viewed from the centre, mark the daily rise and set positions of the sun, moon and bright stars. The henge also forms a Polynesian star compass marking the bearings taken by Polynesian sailors to and from Aotearoa.” – from the website for Stonehenge Aotearoa. Have a look at the dramatic pictures.

A must-see when we go to New Zealand one day with our Kiwi friends!

September 30, 2005 in Modern Rock Art, Rock Art & Archaeology by Marja-Leena