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Space Place at Carter Observatory
Ranked #21 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The Carter Observatory may be small, but it's interesting. The exhibits show the basics of space and its exploration including New Zealand's contributions, and also go into detail about the Maori view of planets and stars in their stories. The planetarium show is very interesting as well, and the guide is knowledgable and enthusiastic.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We toured the Observatory as part of a group. The displays are informative and well presented. Interesting mix of history and contemporary science. The planetarium show was well narrated by a very enthusiatic guide. The Cooke Telescope (used to photograph Halley's Comet in 1910) is still in use and the observatory was open the night we toured. Good for adults and science minded children.

1  Thank Howard S
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

alwasy a great destination, though I feel the kids love the shop as much as the displays! good telescope viewing via the cooke telescope whick is a museum piec in itself

Thank Tina F
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

There were lots of stars to see in the excellent displays and film, but I'd really hoped to be able to look at them through the telescope. This was available for visitors to use, but sadly set only to view the moon. I'd have loved to see the S. hemisphere constellations a little closer.

Thank bluecastle
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

I have always loved planetariums so when I found out I would be in Wellington where they have one, we decided to go in for a show.

The exhibition is fabulous. It's aimed at children mainly but it took me way back to my youth. Lots of interactive exhibits all explaining different aspects of earth, space, black holes and the universe.

The planetarium show was also really good. The one we saw was narrated by Doctor Who (David Tennant) which I thought was a really nice touch. I think it was called "We Are Astronomers".

If you'll pardon the pun, the whole thing was 5*

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