We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carter Observatory

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4 910 3140
Website
Improve this listing
Today
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 266 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 143
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
The Space Place

We had a very enjoyable visit to the Carter Observatory, just a minutes walk from the top of the Wellington Cable Car. Lots of very interesting displays that even kept our 3 year... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
MikeC722014
,
Auckland, New Zealand
Add Photo Write a Review

266 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We had a very enjoyable visit to the Carter Observatory, just a minutes walk from the top of the Wellington Cable Car. Lots of very interesting displays that even kept our 3 year old interested for ages. The movie we saw in the star dome was called "We are Aliens" and I would say it is the best star dome... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Worth
Level Contributor
525 reviews
255 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a great destination for an afternoon walk up the hill, or a ride on the cable car. It includes the weather station and has a universe of information

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Check out their website to see what events are on, opening times, prices etc. Make sure you do the star dome and book in to use one of their big telescope evenings. Outstanding views of the stars with commentary.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Darwin, Australia
Level Contributor
37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We spent a couple of hours wandering through the various displays. It was almost impossible to get my 8yo out of the kids interactive area. We missed the show (8yo was exhausted from all his adventures in space) but do not feel that we wasted our entrance as the rest of the exhibit is worth the trip alone.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Warkworth, New Zealand
Level Contributor
60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hervey Bay, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Queenstown, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Carter Observatory also viewed

Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington
 
Wellington, Greater Wellington
Wellington, Greater Wellington
 

Been to Carter Observatory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Carter Observatory staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?