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“You are made of stardust!”

Space Place at Carter Observatory
Ranked #17 of 233 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
Christchurch, New Zealand
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58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“You are made of stardust!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Carter Observatory has the perfect mix of education and entertainment. We were fascinated and enthralled by the planetarium show, and the displays about space. The meteorites are surprisingly heavy!

Visited March 2013
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Donnybrook, Australia
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39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We just missed a show of the Planetarium which was disappointing but didn't feel like waiting over an hour for the next show. The display we did see, while interesting, wasn't really worth the cost, modest though it was. The most interesting part was being able to look at the Cooke telescope and the other displays in the dome with it.

Visited March 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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“Compact observatory with frequent activities and viewings”
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!

Visited October 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Seeing stars”
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!

Visited January 2013
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good experience”
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.

Visited January 2013
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