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Space Place at Carter Observatory

40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
+64 4-910 3140
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Fun evening out when visiting Central Wellington with kids

We are a family with kids aged 7 and 9. We were in Wellington for two nights and had decided Space... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
Great value for money

What an outstanding experience, worth every dollar, highly recommended. You won't be disappointed... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand
via mobile
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Space Place at Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art, digital planetarium with an almost limitless range of virtual space journeys, along with multi-media exhibits that tell the Maori and European story of New Zealand's southern skies and the role of the stars in navigation. Space Place re-opened in March 2010 as a world class visitor attraction after a multi-million dollar refit. Over its 70 year history it has served as New Zealand's national observatory and this legacy is reflected in a collection of New Zealand astronomical history, including the oldest telescope of its kind operating in New Zealand. Space Place offers a fun learning experience for kids and visitors of all ages - we hope you'll have a blast! Open hours: During school holidays (public): Open: 10am daily, closing at 5.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday and at 11pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Space Place is closed on Christmas Day
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40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
+64 4-910 3140
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are a family with kids aged 7 and 9. We were in Wellington for two nights and had decided Space Place might be a good place to visit in the evening. We hopped aboard the cable car after dinner on a Friday night -...More

Thank asmartbean
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

What an outstanding experience, worth every dollar, highly recommended. You won't be disappointed - $12.50 well spent.

Thank Trip2017Me
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

This was a smaller building then I was expecting and the best thing about it was also the worst: it was designed for children. I could easily imagine my nephew and elementary enjoying this. However, I went on a Tuesday night and there were twenty...More

1  Thank Maria F
Reviewed 27 June 2017

The Space Place Museum is focused on the planets that circle our sun and the galaxy that surrounds us. Exhibits were educational and interesting with thought provoking insights. The observartory show presented the Maori stories of the various constellations and stellar events.

Thank GigiRoss2014
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Asked the staff about the age the show was pitched at... No help there. Took my 4 year old in... she almost died...concepts and language way above her. I would say 8 yrs at a minimum... the space module was cool though.

Thank jaenine b
Reviewed 4 June 2017

This is well worth a visit by someone of any age or solo or families and couples,. The interactives are well worth doing as well is looking at the educational material and playing the.games to teach kids and adults about space, planets and the universe....More

Thank Roset T
Reviewed 3 June 2017

A great little museum with colourful, interesting displays. The two real jewels are the telescope itself, which is a fantastic old piece of kit and the star dome, which allows you to recline back and see projections of the night sky overhead. Also check out...More

Thank Greg E
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The space place was one of the most excellent experience that we had in wellington or at least that's what I thought

Thank Grace B
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Hadn't been to an observatory before and so was slightly disappointed with the presentation which seemed more suitable for children. However, the guide knew what he was talking about and kept us all enthralled.

Thank Caw57
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Space Place was awesome because there is a commit and part of the moon to touch I think you should definitely give it some time to think about it.

Thank Pippa R
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