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Carter Observatory

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Address: 40 Salamanca Road | Kelburn, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4 910 3140
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Description: Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art, digital planetarium...
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 Māori and European story of New Zealand’s southern skies and the role of the stars in navigation. Carter 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.Carter offers a fun learning experience for kids and visitors of all ages and has new exhibitions on space flight, New Zealanders and their role in space sciences and much much more. We know you'll leave inspired.
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The displays had much interesting information displayed in an easy to understand way, but there was minimal interactivity there and working. What show is on varies, and sadly at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The displays had much interesting information displayed in an easy to understand way, but there was minimal interactivity there and working. What show is on varies, and sadly at the time we went it was not the one we would have preferred, but it was still good and the presenter seemed to have a lot of positive energy.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the planetarium presentation, which we thought would be of particular value to children. Can't comment on the view through the telescope which wasn't open while we were there. Easy to get to because it's not far from the cable car station

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My first planetarium! Trippy flythru, voiced by a Doctor Who and run by a hardcase host. Tons of interactive displays. Only downer was we went on Tuesday, one of 2 late opening nights but it was too windy to open the dome for the telescope. Cable car ride was cool at night too.

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I so enjoyed seeing the stars and planets the guys there were helpful as novices and not a planets and stars persons we went there after a function up at gardens and what we learnt was real buzz....lol

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Las Palmas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I felt that it was aimed at older children rather than adults. Also an inaccuracy - Energy does not equal Mass

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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We went with a 4 year old and a 12 year old and everyone loved it! Plan ahead so you get there within a reasonable time of the next planetarium showing (especially with littlies) and if you go in the evening you may be able to go into the actually abservatory and look through the massive telescope at actual stars... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Brilliant! Spent hours walking through the exhibition centre. There were displays, videos and interactive games. We also visited the multimedia centre the Planetarium and learnt about the night stars, black holes, etc.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Get away from the hubub of the City centre, take the 10min cable car ride to the botanical gardens, and do something different! I did the planetary tour, where the Southern Hemisphere night sky was shown to us in good detail with the Maori descriptions and stories as well as the western ones, Ken was a great narrator and had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I have been a few times and I always learn more, the kids are never bored either. A great family day out. Would recommend for visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Nice location and very informative. Recommended for kids. Tuesdays they are open till late night. It is rather small but worth a visit.

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