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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 - 5:30 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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Great place for a wedding

We went to the observatory for my sister's wedding and was highly impressed. The room was so lovely with books from WW1 all around. Great atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the observatory for my sister's wedding and was highly impressed. The room was so lovely with books from WW1 all around. Great atmosphere.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Not amazing, but not uncool... Pretty much aimed at kids and families. Very educational, but rather sterile

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Hands on exhibition and Planetarium shows daily. On Tuesdays & Saturdays the observatory is open until 9.30pm. We happened to chance upon the observatory on a clear Tuesday evening and after the Planetarium Show we were treated to seeing Jupiter through their massive telescope. The Planetarium Show - Are We Aliens?, was ok and the hands on exhibition afterwards was... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The exhibit is extremely interactive and kept my children entertained each time we visited, which was at least 5 times! We watched nearly all of the movies over two weeks and loved them all. We found the staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Having visited several observatories now I can confidently say this is my favourite.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Arrived at 10.15am on 19th May (opening hours advertised as from 10.00am) but informed that it wasn't opening until 11.00am. However a small group was let in as they had a "booking" Came back at 11.00am to find the advertised TILT show about to start. Was advised that in fact the ALIEN show was on instead and that it would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great integration of Maori mythology and astronomy with a wonderful planetrarium and great staff. Small but very well done.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Been to the planetarium a few time, with interesting short movies played on the dome ceiling, there are some interesting displays in the main area and you can get upclose to their heritage telescope.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Head up the cable car, then a short walk and you get to see the planetarium presentation, which the kids loved and visitors got to see a good view of wellington

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We stopped in here at the top of the Botanic Garden for a very interesting planetarium show about navigating by the stars and Maori migration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I am a regular visitor to New Zealand, having lived here for 12 years before relocating overseas. I chose to spend the morning of my birthday here with my younger brohter (23) and my mother. All three of us had an excellent time! My brother is a scientist and was impressed with the level of in depth research conducted for... More 

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