We weren't sure how much time we should allow for our visit to Carter observatory and had no plans for the rest of the afternoon when we got there, which was great because we ended up spending hours reading, watching short films and one longer film in the dome theatre. The staff were very friendly and I felt inspired to learn more about astronomy after our visit. There's also plenty of information on the maori people and their perceptions of space, interpretations and myths.
A visit to Carter observatory is good value for the money and I'm happy we did it off season as staff really took their time talking with us, answering any questions we might have. Definitely one of the best things we've done in Wellington. Depending on how much information you'd like to digest, there's plenty of reading to be done and lots of short educational films to be seen, so please allow for 2-3 hours if you want to get the most out of your visit, whereas 1-2 hours would suffice if you're happy with just looking at some of the installations, doing only bits of reading and seeing a few short films.
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