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Space Place at Carter Observatory

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Address: 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
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+64 4-910 3140
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10:00 - 23:00
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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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Small but entertaining museum

A small but informationally packed observatory. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They gave us a lot of pointers on how the southern sky is different from the northern sky... read more

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Sunny California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A small but informationally packed observatory. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They gave us a lot of pointers on how the southern sky is different from the northern sky, what to look for in the skies this time of the year, etc. In addition to modern scientific exhibits, there were some historically important displays as well. Including some that had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a kid friendly activity on a wet day and the Space Place did not disappoint. While parking was a little tricky, the short walk was well-worth the effort. The museum displays were varied interesting and informative as well as being thoroughly engaging for our primary, intermediate and high school age children and ourselves. We spent around... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were walking in the Botanic garden and saw the space place, paid $39 for 2+2 and got to see a show about about space and stars. It was ok but not great. There were a senior (in the 75-80) from Europe standing in the ticket line in front of me, he wasn't permitted the senior rate due to not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Many interesting stuff there. Very educational. As myself being very interested in astronomy, I recommend this place to everyone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was a great place to visit, had alot of fun If you are an astronomer, probably not the best place to visit, but for those who what to learn a little, then certainly the place to go

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tessacate88
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the sign to the Space Place when we took the cable car up the mountain and it is just a very short walk along the path. I love anything to do with outerspace and were pleased to find it open due to the school holidays' extended hours. There are very good information rooms and they had a different... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for kids in terms of interaction. .lots to touch and see .. adults get the education though ..a great destination in the wet

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

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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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 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 12 November 2016 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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