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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Space Place's stunning full-dome planetarium shows bring the magic to life! Each show includes a live presentation of the night sky over New Zealand.

Explore the exhibition to find out how space technology is influencing life here on earth and take a look at the southern skies through the historic Thomas Cooke telescope.

Space Place is housed in Carter Observatory, New Zealand’s longest-serving national observatory. The Observatory is named after Charles Rooking Carter, an English immigrant who gifted £2,240 from his estate to the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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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:
Hours Tuesday & Friday 4pm to 11pm, Saturday 10am to 11pm & Sunday 10am to 5.30pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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