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Carter Observatory

Address: 40 Salamanca Road | Kelburn, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4 910 3140
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Ranked #20 of 184 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Owner description: Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art, digital planetarium with an almost limitless...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Hours:
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
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We've lived in Wellington for nine years and only just got around to visiting the observatory. It's great! Really well presented displays, the interactive displays are very slick and nicely done. The show is a good experience - we saw a film about extreme weather on the other planets on our solar system, followed by a live talk about the... More 

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wow! This is a marvellous experience whether or not you are interested in astronomy. The exhibition is just superb and so well arranged, both static and interactive it is great. And then the Show in the planetarium, is one of the best in the world. Don't miss this out of your schedule you will enjoy every second, as will your... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We spent an evening here whilst waiting for an overnight ferry. Paid parking is close by or you can catch the cable car up from the city centre. $47 for a family visit including a show. We went on a Tuesday evening and we saw a 9pm show after looking around their visitor centre. The visitor centre has some good... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Each time I go to Welly I take my Down Syndrome Nephew and we go here and watch the shows, awesome venue with interesting shows. He father passed away in 2000 and he misses him so we go and look at the stars in the show they do and he says he can see his Dad, which is wonderful. Great... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

After walking through the gardens on a very hot day we decided to stop by the place originally for the air con! We had a guided planetarium show which was amazing, I would recommend this for everyone, young or old! Definitely worth the money watching, and having a look around.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This very small attraction can hold your attention for much longer than it seems at first glance. There is so much to read, watch and experience. Recently refurbished it is an excellent attraction, and recommend you go to one of the planetarium shows as they are well worth it.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Even though I am not a space fan I found this museum very interesting and loved the show at the end the staff were very helpful with what to do and where to go

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Some members of party felt motion sickness in the shows due to the curved overhead screen - but I loved it. If you want to see multiple shows we experienced virtually the same talk on the night sky with each showing - felt it would have been goo to talk about skies other than that current to mix it up.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Standing high above Wellington inside the Botanical Gardens for over 3/4s of a century this is a lovely observatory which was refurbished in 2010. The exhibits are good and the planetarium show is amazing and well worth the price.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A lot to see and do here, the kids especially liked flying the rocket capsule. We were looking forward to viewing the night sky with the big telescope, unfortunately Wellington's wind meant they could not use it. The viewing of the film in the dome was unique and fun.

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