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Space Place at Carter Observatory

Space Place at Carter Observatory


40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington


04 910 3140

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday: 4pm–11pm
  • Friday: 4pm–11pm
  • Saturday: 10am–11pm
  • Sunday: 10am–5pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

We all live in space, on planet Earth, but what makes our place in New Zealand’s Capital City so unique? What constellations can we see versus other parts of the world and how does New Zealand contribute to Space Science? Space Place tells the stories of the southern skies through full-dome digital planetarium films, interactive exhibitions and events including workshops and courses to help people discover the spaces above New Zealand, Earth.

It’s fun and educational with a special Tūhura Module space play area for children, science information, and over 10 planetarium movies to choose from. The store is full of stellar science gifts, toys, books and tools, for both young and old.

Cast your eyes skyward as Space Place’s dazzling full-dome planetarium that’ll take you on an unforgettable journey from Wellington to the outer regions of our solar system. Most shows feature a live exploration through the southern skies over New Zealand. Explore the exhibition to find out how space technology is influencing life here on Earth and take a look at our skies through the historic Thomas Cooke telescope during late nights when the weather is clear.

Space Place is housed in Carter Observatory, named after Charles Rooking Carter, an English immigrant who gifted £2,240 from his estate to the Royal Society of New Zealand. The building was designed by architect William Gray Young. Featuring bold red brickwork and clean profiles with well-balanced square shapes. A sundial sits to the right of the building, which was gifted to the gardens to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Plimmer family settling in Wellington.

During school terms, the centre is working with school groups, and open to the public, Tuesday and Friday evenings and weekends, while during school holidays it is open every day. There is no better place to learn about the beauty and the greatness of the universe around us than at Space Place.

Space Place at Carter Observatory offers visitors:

- Planetarium and audio-visual show and displays

- Public events

- Curriculum-based education programmes for schools

- Heritage repository for New Zealand astronomy

- Telescope viewing: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night public viewing sessions (weather dependent)

Please note that during the school holidays we are open daily. To confirm our opening hours please check our website.

Ticket Prices as below -

Adult: $14

Gold Card Holder / NZ Student (NZ ID required): $12

Child (4-16 years): $9

Preschool Child (0-3 years): Free

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): $45

Friends of Museum Wellington: Free

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