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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 #12 of 126 Attractions 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: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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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: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities

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

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 NEW

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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

work very well done on this observatory, didn't have time for any of the"shows" but its still worth a visit just for a quick look

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Spent an enjoyable 90 minutes here, the interactive displays are very informative and eye-catching and the 45 minute planetarium show good and rounds off the experience. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Heaps of things to see, very well put together and lots of information provided. Great interactive material and loved the fact they were open late. If you plan your trip ahead make sure you check the weather as we only stayed for 2 nights and the night they were opening the dome for the public to use the telescope was... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Definitely worth a visit - amazing displays and history. Hard to say anything else (an "observatory" says it all) - but go there; you won't be disappointed!

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Educational and very interesting with lots of activities for children and teenagers to get involved and learn something. Well worth a visit.

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

My children, 5 & 7, enjoyed this very much. Was entertaining and informative. We touched a piece of moon! That was cool.

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dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

When I organised my trip in Wellington, I made sure to include the Carter Observatory in my "must visit" list. I made sure we visited on a night when there was star gazing. (Tue & Sat only- open till 10pm) Indeed it was very educational for both adults n children. I wished we could stay on longer to view all... More 

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Emerald, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Took the cable car up the mountain and got to experience one of the planetarium shows. Very good value and show was fantastic. Recommend you check show times before you arrive to try and time your visit to match your preferred show.

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