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Space Place at Carter Observatory

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Address: 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4 910 3140
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Space Place at Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art,...

Space Place at 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 Maori and European story of New Zealand's southern skies and the role of the stars in navigation. Space Place 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. Space Place offers a fun learning experience for kids and visitors of all ages - we hope you'll have a blast! Open hours: During school holidays (public): Open: 10am daily, closing at 5.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday and at 11pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Space Place is closed on Christmas Day

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A very interesting place not only for kids

We thought an hour would be enough but we’re wrong. The kids got really interested, and then we walked around looking at everything on display and on top watched the 45 minutes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong, China
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189 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We thought an hour would be enough but we’re wrong. The kids got really interested, and then we walked around looking at everything on display and on top watched the 45 minutes space video. Not much to say besides: a must see while in Wellington !!!

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

take the cable car to the top, walk a few steps to the observatory, sit back enjoy, a god idea is to call for what is on, but great

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Thank holpetbop
Melbourne, Australia
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81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sky is the clearent in this part of the world (when its not raining), which makes it a perfect place to stargaze. The museum and the planeterium attraction were quite fun too! If in wellington, you will have to travel up the cable car and this is right there. Recommended for all ages.

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Thank Faisal M
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54 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good space museum at the top of the cable car. Was able to see the International space station and the southern cross in the night sky via a very powerful telescope.

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1 Thank Vs J
Brisbane, Australia
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great displays and information. The show we watched was high quality and well made but we recommend trying to sit at the back of the theatre so you can see more of the screen. Inside the observatory is really interesting. Recommended if you are interested in space or science or opening to learning something new.

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Melbourne, Australia
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105 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The narrator was very enthusiastic. We gained a decent amount of knowledge from her. Worth a visit if you're interested in astronomy.

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Thank SophS5
Windsor, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We are both Space buffs so I expected not to learn much but this was well done, well presented and well personalised describing the skies above Wellington in helpful detail. The show is just the right length and very well done.

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Thank Stephen H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Great thing to do if you are up the cable car and its wet. Kids loved all the interaction with the displays. Adults might struggle with the movie in the dome but young ones come out full of knowledge.

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Thank Kerry H
Jeju, South Korea
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55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The museum and observatory shows are a great way to get kids interested in the stars and science in general. The changing themes of the shows mean there is variety and the quality and quantity of info in the museum warrants more than 1 visit

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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179 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

I visited here to have a look around and see the planetarium. As an adult traveller, I can see how the Space Place is an excellent place for children and families who were absorbed in the various exhibits and activities. The digital planetarium was the highlight for me and I feared that with so many children around it might not... More 

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