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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: 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 Māori 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 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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My daughter is interested in space and planets etc and this is a great place. The telescope is great. If you wish to views it movies I recommend you to book and there is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

My daughter is interested in space and planets etc and this is a great place. The telescope is great. If you wish to views it movies I recommend you to book and there is a limited amount of seats. A very interesting place

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Warkworth, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 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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Hervey Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 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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Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Absolutely fabulous, for young and old. There were always different displays to see and the staff are very knowledgeable and great with kids.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 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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Additional Information about Carter Observatory

Address: 40 Salamanca Road | Kelburn, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4 910 3140
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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