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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 142 attractions in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a short walk from the cable car. It is free to view but you have to pay if there is a special exhibition on show. We found it good with interactive options especially suitable to children. The exhibits on space and New Zealanders who have or are currently working in this field was impressive to read about. You... More

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Carnoustie, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Would not have gone specially to visit but it was worth it. Well laid out, not too technical and not so much that you switch off

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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited on family day, and the discount entry plus extra activities made this especially worthwhile. There was a treasure hunt, kite making and the launch of a new show, tilt. Our almost 4 year old had a great time. The usual displays are also well worth a visit and offer something for young and old. This is not a... More

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Auckland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My wife is mad keen on the stars so whenever there is an observatory near by a visit is a must. We spent an informative and enjoyable 3 hours. We saw a film in the dome about going back to the moon and the very knowledgable Hari explained the stars we can see in the southern sky. You could spent... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Smaller than we thought and not exactly worth the price we paid. It only take about slight over 1 hour to finish everything. The planetarium show was great though. The staff was knowledgeable and explained the stars well.

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christchurch
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I really enjoy the exhibition and the show. You can take the cable car to it from town or drive up and the views are wonderful. The lady who spoke after the show had a passion for the subject and this made you enjoy it even more

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We had been to the observatory about 9 years ago when the kids were a lot younger and because of that we had not really had the chance to take everything in. So on our second trip we had a leisurely walk through the exhibition and were able to thoroughly read the data on the exhibits. Do I understand the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Great views from the top and a really informative series of displays. We went to the late night session and were blessed with a clear night sky and had fabulous views of the southern night sky with expert direction. We also got to look through the large telescope for a super view of Jupiter.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I went here at night with another homestay student and my family and really enjoyed the displays, the little gift shop with science-based gifts and especially the star show where different groups of constellations were shown on the roof. Unfortunately the giant telescope was not working the night due to the hatch door not operating. It was a clear night... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

excellent value for money. Good displays with enough interaction for the kids and interesting information for adults. Excellent planatarium show with amusing and informative narration by passionate staff. A must for families visiting wellington.

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