Space Place at Carter Observatory

Travel through the southern skies in Space Place's state-of-the-art planetarium. Explore the exhibition and take a look at the night sky through the historic Thomas Cooke telescope.


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At Space Place we share the stories of our New Zealand skies through multimedia exhibits, interactive galleries, the historic Thomas Cooke telescope and our digital, full-dome planetarium. Learn about planets, stars, constellations and galaxies and New Zealand’s contribution to astronomy and space sciences. Complete your trip through the galaxy, look back in time to our history of exploration with the transit of Venus and Māori starlore.

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Physical address

40 Salamanca Road (top of the Cable Car), Wellington Central, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $14.00
(16 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Gold Card Holder / NZ Student (NZ ID required): $12, Preschool Child (0-3 years): Free, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): $45, Friends of Museum Wellington: Free
Cancellation policy:
Telescope viewing is weather dependent.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Approximately 20 minutes drive, 9.2km
Proximity to coach terminal:
Wellington Railway Station 7 minutes drive, 2.6km direct route
Proximity to town:
A short 10 minute cable car ride from Lambton Quay to the top of the Cable Car

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Opening times

Business hours:
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Months of operation:
All months of the year

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