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“Not really value for money”

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, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Smaller than we thought and not exactly worth the price we paid. It only take about slight over 1 hour to finish everything. The planetarium show was great though. The staff was knowledgeable and explained the stars well.

Thank fourgeeven
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

I really enjoy the exhibition and the show. You can take the cable car to it from town or drive up and the views are wonderful. The lady who spoke after the show had a passion for the subject and this made you enjoy it even more

Thank janesmithhk
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We had been to the observatory about 9 years ago when the kids were a lot younger and because of that we had not really had the chance to take everything in. So on our second trip we had a leisurely walk through the exhibition and were able to thoroughly read the data on the exhibits. Do I understand the Big Bang now?.... No, but I certainly know a lot more about it than I did and also about many other celestial bodies and parts of the space program.
The Planetarium show was excellent - they have recently started showing the GoogleX moon program where Google have challenged anyone to build and get a rover to the moon and to move 500 metres from its landing point. - the prize US$30 million. A very well made 30 minute of so feature. The rest of the show showed many of the planets, stars and constellations we can see in the night sky above NZ - very well presented and interesting.

Thank Redwoodie
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Great views from the top and a really informative series of displays. We went to the late night session and were blessed with a clear night sky and had fabulous views of the southern night sky with expert direction. We also got to look through the large telescope for a super view of Jupiter.

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Reviewed January 31, 2014

I went here at night with another homestay student and my family and really enjoyed the displays, the little gift shop with science-based gifts and especially the star show where different groups of constellations were shown on the roof. Unfortunately the giant telescope was not working the night due to the hatch door not operating. It was a clear night and I was looking forward to seeing the real stars through it.

1  Thank 922Wellingtonian
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