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Space Place at Carter Observatory

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Address: 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-910 3140
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Mon 10:00 - 17:30
Tue 10:00 - 23:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:30
Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:30
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Space Place at Carter Observatory offers visitors a state of the art,...

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

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Really good evening

Unfortunately we arrived to late to see the planetarium but still had to pet full price to just go and look through the telescope. That said it was really good and the staff... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are interested in space in general, this is a good trip as it presents lots of information about our own solar system as well as what lies beyond it. We went to the viewing of Dynamic earth, narrated by Liam Neeson, and it was interesting but unfortunately some panels in the roof messed up the colour scheme so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we arrived to late to see the planetarium but still had to pet full price to just go and look through the telescope. That said it was really good and the staff really accommodating and good at describing what we were looking at and the facts about the 150 year old telescope.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brought a European visitor here after a trip up the cable car on a Friday evening. Was impressed again by the astonishing array of displays of both cultural and scientific bents. Our 3 year old particularly loved the gravitational field demo with the rubber balls and the funnel. The variety makes astronomy accessible for all ages and interests. The incredibly... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Great place, lots of information in the museum section, and they've done a great job with the displays. The planetarium was great too. I was sick when I came here so unfortunately I couldn't stay for the late night telescoping or the Tuesday talk which sounds like a treat. Would recommend here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Ok I'm married to a geek. Space is right up his nerdy alley ... we both loved our visit here it had just as much information as each of us needed ( me less him more) .The planetarium shows are excellent. .. could have stayed all night happily star gazing ... alas we visited on a cloudy so didn't get... More 

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Dunsborough, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The shows are the best, absolutely fascinating. I watched one and walked out the book for the next (with a discount). I could go back and watch show after show.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I've also ways been fascinated about astronomy. Hence this was in my bucket list of places on my trip to Wellington. This is located on a hill top near the cable car museum and the Wellington Skyline. So if you are planning to visit any of these places or the Welling ton Botanical gardens, keep the Carter observatory visit towards... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Hopped off the Cable car and walked up to the observatory grounds for more pictures of the view. Decided to visit the observatory and we were so pleased we did. It is not a large exhibition but it is well designed and very engaging. Standing on the platform that allowed you to feel what a rocket take off feels like... More 

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Young, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This was well worth the expense. Several hands-on exhibits which the kids loved especially piloting the space shuttle to Mars!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I took my 5 year old and 3 year old to this in the school holidays. The 5 year old loved it and would like to take her back again. The 3 year old was not interested and was a bit scared in the show, even though it was targeted for her age group. I found it on the $$... More 

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