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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 - 5:30 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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This was well worth the expense. Several hands-on exhibits which the kids loved especially piloting the space shuttle to Mars!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Young, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was well worth the expense. Several hands-on exhibits which the kids loved especially piloting the space shuttle to Mars!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my 5 year old and 3 year old to this in the school holidays. The 5 year old loved it and would like to take her back again. The 3 year old was not interested and was a bit scared in the show, even though it was targeted for her age group. I found it on the $$... More 

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Thank LillLondon
Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Carter Observatory is a must for people into science and space exploration. It is not free, BUT I would advise that you take it on a clear Tuesday or Saturday night where they open up the Telescope in good weather and allow you to view the stars and the moon. A real bonus compared to a normal day visit!

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Thank Wayne P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was affordable and quite a surprise. We learnt a lot and plan to take our grandson next time. So cleaverly done, fun and educational!

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Thank 597fab50
Napier, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to a few observatories and this would have to be one of the best. Fantastic commentary and exhibits. Kids loved thier time at space place. Now I want to take the rest of the family.

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Thank Aussie20142014
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit for families set in great grounds. You can even learn something at the same time. Staff very pleasant would be good for anyone although might be a little difficult for pensioners due to location.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well curated collection for science buffs and space lovers. We had no idea how sophisticated this educational gem was. Heaps to learn , see and do. Look out for special events at regular intervals.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went in the evening, the museum/exhibition was good and the show was informative too! Staff knowledgeable and helpful. Careful to choose show carefully as some are for kids - staff can advise. We went on a clear evening and this was a treat because the telescope was out, and we could see Saturn and Mars! Excellent value all round... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Interactivity is a really good way to help understand something so complex as the universe. Space Place offers mediocre engagement with the exhibitions. The planetarium includes the latest in cinematic systems and the shows are contemporary and very interesting. Further development of the exhibition is needed to maintain customer interest. We had a fun time and wish the centre all... More 

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Thank James W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

The demonstration and activities we did were incredible aswell as the displays and explanations. The displays we looked at and experienced were awesome and the planetarium was the best. The way we watched the film in the planetarium was viewed at a whole new perspective. It was really cool to learn about the space place as well.! ;)

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