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Carter Observatory

40 Salamanca Road | Kelburn, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
+64 4 910 3140
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Ranked #15 of 146 Attractions in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art, digital planetarium with an almost limitless range of virtual space journeys, along with... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Great venue like a museum about the universe. Really interesting with hands on exhibitions and lots of reading about all sorts to do with the planets, stars, universe etc. You could visit there several times a year. Disappointed we didn't get a look through the big telescope the clouds were out that night. That wasn't there fault. Will have to... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I found the Observatory really interesting as i went their yesterday with friends and found the staff very friendly helpful

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I have been to planetariums and observatories in the UK in London and Leicester and didn't feel that the Carter Observatory was any better than these. The displays and information on show were excellent- lots of detailed and interesting information for people of all ages and at any interest level. They had good information on the Origins of the universe... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Carter Observatory is located at the top of the cable car in the Wellington Botanical Gardens. There are several price options depending on what you choose to view. For a very reasonable price, we got to look through an interesting exhibit before a movie (narrated by Buzz Lightyear himself, Tim Allen) and interactive presentation in the planetarium. Great for... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took our 3 year old son here, he really enjoyed watching the movie in the dome and learning more about space. We really enjoyed it ourselves as well.

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Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a rather small observaytory (compared to those we have already visited) but it has a nice part for kids and quite a lot of the exhibits are hands-on which we always like a lot. We also enjoyed the movie and the explanation of the sky afterwards as the view from New Zealand is so completely different from ours... More

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wonderful exhibits on astronomy and lots of hands on activities. The staff is warm, knowledgable and welcoming. I wish we could have spent more time....

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I took my 6 year old niece and we both really enjoyed it. Lots to see, some of it hands on for the littlies. We took in a show which was fantastic. The person hosting it explained the stars etc and pointed out things we could see in the night sky. A great experience. I would go back to see... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Excellent displays cover a wide array of astronomy, making it useful to kids and adults alike. The 360° Cinema has always something interesting showing. We enjoy every time we visit and even more so our growing boy. An essential Wellington attraction.

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Enjoyed getting there, comfortable seats, interesting and well explained ,great presentation. well worth going to.

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