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Space Place at Carter Observatory

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Address: 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
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+64 4-910 3140
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Mon 10:00 - 17:30
Tue 10:00 - 23:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:30
Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:30
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Space Place at Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art,...

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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My 10 year old son loved it, almost as much as I did! Lovely staff, and the talk after the show was really informative, pointing out some of the stars we look at every night and... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

The staff are pleasant, but we were misinformed as to the showing on the day we went. We had hoped for information about the galaxy and were shown a film about dinosaurs ! The seats were stained though quite comfortable.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

My 10 year old son loved it, almost as much as I did! Lovely staff, and the talk after the show was really informative, pointing out some of the stars we look at every night and telling us the story behind them. Really recommend you allow at least an hour to look through Space Place, on top of the show.... More 

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Thank Bridget74
Hervey Bay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015

The planetarium is well worth a visit two great shows. But rug up it gets pretty windy on top of the mountain.

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Thank Kim W
Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

Better check before your visit as when we were there at the end of June, it was closed for maintenance, a bit disappointing but can be left for our next visit to Wellington as if is such an exciting city.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015

I stumbled across this after a trip up the mount on the cable car and what an amazing place . I was very impressed at the knowledge of the young man taking the lecture and as I was the only one thre he was able to show me what to look at in the night sky . This was a... More 

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Thank SJE80
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

we visited the observatory on a whim and had a really great time. The presentation was really fun with the staff member leading the presentation being very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The unfortunate part was that there was a young boys birthday party so we had to sit in the theatre for the presentation with about 15 other young boys who... More 

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Thank Lindsay H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 June 2015

What a fun and interesting museum. I particularly enjoyed the Astronaut film and learning about the night sky and where to find the Southern Cross and Makariki, etc. The galleries were really well presented too and are at a level that appeals to all age groups.

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Reston, VA, USA
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

We visited by cable car and spent half a day, watching the show, and exploring the grounds around. The show is not very high-tech, but does bring you the appreciation of how different the Southern hemisphere skies are from the northern that we take for granted all our lives. There is cool old-fashioned sun-dial where you can stand and use... More 

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Thank Travelwealthynwise
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Reviewed 9 June 2015

Well worth the trip up the hill. Lots of interactive displays and interesting information. I rather liked the theories of creation from a Maori point of view. Very nice telescope. The sky show was very well done.

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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 June 2015

We went a while ago . What a great little observatory Excellent for both children and Adults alike.Everything is interactive and you can go around launching rockets .The star show was brilliant and very informative.show, which took you to various planetary systems.Well worth the visit.

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