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Take a journey into space at Space Place at Carter Observatory. Our planetarium offers a state of the art, digital experience that will take you on a virtual space journey from Wellington, through our Solar System and beyond.

In our galleries, discover the sheer scale of the Universe and its origins in the Big Bang, the Māori story of creation, and examine the possibility of life on other planets. Travel through Space Place's very own black hole, handle a space rock, launch a rocket, and watch video stories.

Space Place also explains the significance of Matariki and the role of the star cluster for the Māori New Year, and the importance of the stars in Polynesian and Māori navigation.

Telescope viewing

Public telescope viewings are held using the Thomas Cooke telescope on our late nights (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) as weather permits.

Planetarium shows

Space Place shows state-of-the-art digital films in the Pelorus Trust Planetarium, followed by a live presentation looking at the night sky over New Zealand with one of Space Place's astronomers. Check out the current programme on the Space Place website.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday and Thursday nights: 4pm to 11pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 11pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 5:30pm

Open daily during school holidays. 

Closed Christmas Day.


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