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“Compact observatory with frequent activities and viewings”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Compact observatory with activites for everyone all year round and frequent planetarium shows. Very friendly staff who are always happy to give guidance. Definitely worth becoming a member as they always have different shows happening all the time!

Thank Atmajeevasree
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Situated at the top of the botanical gardens and close to the cable car, not just an observatory - more a collection! Well worth a visit - glad I did because otherwise, I might not have got to see what the southern skies really can offer at night!

Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We enjoyed this particularly as it was at the top of the Wellington Gardens, and the rest was much needed but they did deliver and interesting insight into space.

Thank gjrlcr
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

the exhibits and information at the observatory were excellent with many being interactive and the show in the theatre was fantastic (try and get a back row seat as it is harder to watch near the front)the commentary was clear and easy to understand and takes around 20mins.After 9pm on friday nights you can look thru the telescope and look at the real stars on a clear night. Get there on the cable car and enjoy.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The display and museum part is great, but the movie part was a bit of a bore and we could hardly understand the woman talking, we didn't find the ending very interesting at all.

Thank Melissa T
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