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“Interesting”

Space Place at Carter Observatory
Ranked #20 of 236 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed October 1, 2011

An interesting small exhibition of the history of astronomy in the area, and astronomy in general.

You can see an old 9 inch refractor in the observatory - wonderful engineering! and the show in the small "planetarium" covers the major landmarks of the Space Race before moving on to the night sky over visible over Wellington.

You will enjoy the experience more if you already have a love of, or interest in, astronomy.

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Reviewed September 17, 2011

Walked there from my hotel and had a great time. I found it more interesting than Te Papa. Definitely worth a look.

Thank MacFlux
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

I can recommend going to the Carter Observatory at night as you see amazing things like Saturn! Really enjoyed looking up @ the night sky. Great presentation in the dome + interesting & informative displays.
Really close to the beautiful Botanical Gardens & just a hop on the Cable Car to get there!

Thank ninja07
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Easy access up the Wellington cablecar and short walk. Lots of interesting displays to look at before - and after - going into the planetarium. Good presentation and explanation of the night sky - kept an 8 year boy engaged. Don't go to sleep in the comfortable chairs in the dark!! Lots of associated items in the shop. Well worth a visit.

Thank buzz005
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

We went to the Carter Observatory on a wet, windy Wellington afternoon (I can say this, we live there!). It was well worth going out in the rain. We were welcomed by the friendly staff as soon as we got through the door, the children were given an activity to do with the promise of lollies when they finished it (as any parent knows, this goes a long way...), guided towards the exhibits, and advised when the planetarium show started. The observatory had enough buttons and lights to keep the children happy, and plenty of in-depth information for the adults. The planetarium show was spectacular, with an animated feature before the stars came out over Wellington. The presenter was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and everyone in the theatre was mesmerised for about 45 minutes, not a peep out of the children! Well worth a visit, we got in for half price on an internet voucher, but even at full price it's great value for a couple of hours. It's a bonus that the observatory is located in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, with the Cable Car and Cable Car Museum close by, and also stunning views over the harbour. This Wellingtonian is proud to give this attraction a 5-star rating.

Thank Amanda-Kate_72
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CommsMgr, Public Relations Manager at Space Place at Carter Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2011

We're so pleased that you're so proud of this Wellington attraction - we are too! We look forward to seeing you back at Carter soon :)

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