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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 - 9:30 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Well worth the trip up the hill. Lots of interactive displays and interesting information. I rather liked the theories of creation from a Maori point of view. Very nice telescope. The sky show was very well done.

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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We went a while ago . What a great little observatory Excellent for both children and Adults alike.Everything is interactive and you can go around launching rockets .The star show was brilliant and very informative.show, which took you to various planetary systems.Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We had intended on getting the Cable Car up and walking down through the botanic gardens and once we were at the top the weather turned wet and we stumbled upon the observatory. They had a great exhibition and we did a session in the planetarium that was very entertaining, educational and thought provoking. We both enjoyed it. Once we... More 

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

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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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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

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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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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Additional Information about Carter Observatory

Address: 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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