Carter Observatory - NZ Travel

Carter Observatory

Carter Observatory

Discover our Universe, along with some of New Zealand's most prestigious telescopes and astronomical artefacts.  The newly refurbished Carter Observatory includes a multimedia exhibition all about the Southern Skies, a 9m digital full-dome planetarium, heritage telescopes, and space-themed gift shop.

Location: Bontanic Gardens,  Wellington.

 

 

Operating  Hours: 

10am - 5pm Daily plus extended hours to 9.30pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

  

Open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day.

 

 

Child Ages: 4 to 16 years.  Under 4 years are free.

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Help Notes:

  • On late nights we open the historic Thomas Cooke Telescope for star gazing. Telescope viewing is weather-dependent.  
  • During summer nights, telescope viewing is more difficult given the light factor and changability of weather conditions in Wellington. We suggest calling ahead to check viewing conditions.
  • Inside, we are a wheel chair friendly environment, with the exception of our Thomas Cooke Telescope Dome located up a flight of 12 stairs. 
  • Our planetarium sessions start promptly. We suggest you arrive 5-10 minutes before show times.
  • Allow yourself at least 90 minutes to enjoy Carter.

Available Activities:
Observatory Entry 

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Take a virtual journey through space in Carter's Pelorus Trust Planetarium - a state-of-the-art full-dome digital theatre, then take your own steps through space as you walk through the world-class interactive multimedia space experience.

Duration: Unlimited (1-2 Hours)  includes 45 min planetarium show and self guided tour of our interactive galleries.

Minimum Numbers: No minimum numbers

Maximum Numbers: No maximum numbers

Suitable for Children: Yes. 


Observatory Entry and Wellington Cable Car

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Browse through the multimedia exhibition all about the Southern Skies and the space-themed gift shop, then take in a show before catching the Cable Car which is just a two minute walk through the beautiful Botanic Garden from Carter Observatory. 

Duration: Unlimited (1-2 hours) includes 45 min planetarium show, self guided tour of our interactive galleries and a Return Cable Car Ticket.

Minimum Numbers: No minimum numbers

Maximum Numbers: No maximum numbers

Suitable for Children: Yes.


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