Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Auckland Central: Hours, Address, Stardome Observatory & Planetarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
4.5
9:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 10:30 PM
About
Experience the unique wonders of New Zealand’s southern hemisphere night sky at Stardome. Discover the history and significance to New Zealanders of prominent constellations like the Southern Cross and Matariki, in a live presentation. The sky of the Southern Hemisphere contains beautiful star clusters, gas cloud nebulae and star patterns that can only be seen from this latitude. Experience the unique wonders of New Zealand’s southern night sky at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
298 reviews
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carl
5 contributions
amazing
Jan 2021
an amazing experience and well worth the trip,so much to see and learn ,totally recommend this for all the family,just wish night had been clearer
Written January 21, 2021
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Rose Taylor
16 contributions
Night show ‘our night sky’ and telescope
Jun 2020
My boyfriend and I (late 20’s/early 30’s) went to this on a Sunday evening. Weren’t sure what to expect and as the entry fee was only $15 each we thought it would be very basic. It was actually a very cool experience. The dome shaped cinema/video tour of the night sky allowed us to chill out in recliners and have a very up close virtual experience. After the show we were able to view Jupiter very clearly through the large telescopes provided. Great activity at a very cheap price.
Written June 21, 2020
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Vicki-Lee T
Palmerston North, New Zealand54 contributions
Fantastic!!!
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was a fantastic experience. Highly recommended. Excellent value for money for all astronomy buffs.
Written January 19, 2020
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tomtom755
Auckland Central, New Zealand172 contributions
Stardome visit
Dec 2019
We loved our visit to The Satardome Observatory, it was very informative and could be enjoyed by all ages.
Written December 10, 2019
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JBellz6
10 contributions
Music and lights show on Tuesday nights.
Aug 2019 • Solo
I happened to stumble across this experience on one of my last days in New Zealand and it didn’t disappoint! Listening to Pink Floyd accompanied by a laser show, with a complimentary beverage and some cheese was an absolutely spectacular way to enjoy your evening. Cannot recommend this enough!
Written September 2, 2019
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Rebecca B
52 contributions
Loved it!
Aug 2019 • Couples
A first visit here. Saw the show ‘Our Night Skies’. Fantastic facility - lie back in super comfy chairs (at least one person in the audience fell asleep as evidenced by snoring) - and watch the Universe play out above on an end-to-end domed movie screen.

Great presenter who talked us through some of the more notable features of our night skies including the planets and constellations. A great show.
Written August 17, 2019
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Kristiane K
58 contributions
Dissapointing
Jun 2019 • Friends
By the looks of the website we had great expectations for this visit to the Stardome. It was easy to get there by bus from Queen street in central Auckland.
The exhibition was okay, but not very big. We came an hour before our "Grand Tour of the Solar System". We were done with the exhibition after 15 minutes maybe.
The staff didnt really engage either, and didnt show much interest in their guests.
The "tour guide" was interested enough but (sorry) had a terrible accent which was kinda annoying. The "cinema" in the dome was dissapointing. The pictures seemed like from the 90s and were really simple. I actually fell asleep. And I didnt miss anything according to my friend.
Written June 21, 2019
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Hi there Thanks for this feedback and we are so sorry that your expectations were not met. This kind of experience is certainly not what we expect our team to be delivering. The feedback has been passed on to the relevant manager so we can improve and make sure others don't experience the same. We hope you give us a second chance next time you're near by. Keep looking up!
Written June 23, 2019
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CrZbean
England74 contributions
Star Wars May the Fourth at Stardome - a disappointment.
May 2019 • Family
The marketing totally oversold the experience, as it was realistically more a standard planeterium experience with a subtle hint of Star Wars (talked about various planets) and a random Carrie Fisher tribute youtube video played at the end.

I've been to planetarium experience before and expected an immersive visual star wars experience, traveling through galaxies but it was far from it. Just a standard talk about the night sky, with star wars references sprinkled in.

The session was half an our late, and the first session the chap rambled on, so my little one just fell asleep.

Snacks = one brown paper bag of popcorn. Drink was your choice of 1x beer, wine or soft drink

No prizes or even mention of a best dressed competition.

The only thing that was great was the 4 characters dressed up has various troopers.

Would not recommend, waste of time. Better off just going to the planeterium on any other day and saving the money.
Written May 8, 2019
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MikeC_NZ_12
Auckland Central, New Zealand63 contributions
Universal appeal
Feb 2019 • Couples
The Stardome planetarium is where the stars and other celestial bodies are projected onto the dome-shaped ceiling of a purpose-built theatre. The presentation we attended was live and the presenter was clearly well-versed in the subject matter. While reclining in armchair comfort, the presenter delivered an informative 2-3 hour lecture (with an intermission) about our visible night sky. He used easy to understand language and a relaxed, sometimes humorous style.
Adult entry is $15, but we attended a ‘Wine, cheese, and stars’ evening which was a little bit more. Either way I think it is great value for money for a fun and informative night out.
Written February 13, 2019
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kateysabel
11 contributions
Dome Show
Feb 2019 • Couples
Really entertaining, fun, informative show.
Man running the show had a great way of making you feel relaxed and good ability to get the room involved. And you could tell how passionate he was about all the information he was giving us.

Really cool to see walk out of the dome and show to see everything we had just been shown in person (constellations).

Great fun!!
Written February 13, 2019
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Stardome Observatory & Planetarium is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:30 AM - 10:30 PM


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