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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 144 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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

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Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Take the Cable Car and have ride to the Observatory to see the wonders of the universe. Perfect activity for rainy days in Wellington.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Wow what an incredible night I had with my mum here. We came for the late night on a beautiful clear Saturday to look through the telescope. We were so lucky, we got to see Saturn and it's rings!! Also always enjoy the shows in the dome. I will definitely be recommending that if you have a clear night, definitely... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We saw the documentary about the first man on the moon which was interesting. Looking around the exhibits later we found it informative, and interesting.

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New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It is brilliant. Seated in the back couple of rows, my grandchildren were so quiet, I doubted they were there!! We were all enthralled with this visit. The overhead projection of the strs and galaxies was amazing, not to mention, I can still be educated at 74 years old. I could not recommend this enough.

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Glenorchy, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We never actually made it in to see the planetarium show but the museum was free and surprisingly good, we ended up spending a good hour and a half looking around, if your interested in astronomy and space it is a must see.

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Perth, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I popped in for the 3pm show and saw the 1 hour presentation before wondering about the observatory. They have hourly shows running. I’ve never been to an observatory before so getting a taste of what’s out there in space was really interesting. I must have a gaze at the night sky and see if I can identify some of... More

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Bundaberg, Australia
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105 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had been looking forward to going here as had read some good reviews, but we were extremely disappointed and for us not worth the money. The Planetarium show was quite interesting and there were some fun interactive displays for children, but overall not much to interest we adults and we had soon seen everything and left disappointed.

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St. Louis
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138 reviews 138 reviews
24 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The exhibits here were just OK. The movie, on climate change, and the accompanying star talk were a waste of time and money. The movie had lots of dead time footage, and some inaccuracies (for example, stating that the carbon cycle was a one way street to pulling carbon out of the atmosphere, rather than being a cycle - duh),... More

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Perth, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Took my 9 y.o here whilst visiting Wellington. We spent the morning here and could have spent another couple of hours here bit had limited time. The school holiday program was on and we watched tilt which was very interesting in the planetarium. The lady that took the show also was fantastic at explaining the stars in an easy manner... More

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