Space Place at Carter Observatory, Wellington

Space Place at Carter Observatory at the top of the Botanical Gardens has been a Wellington icon since its opening in 1941.

Space Place at Carter Observatory at the top of the Botanical Gardens has been a Wellington icon since its opening in 1941. It screens hourly shows in its state-of-the-art planetarium, with shows such as Tilt, Back to Moon for Good, Astronaut, Dawn of the Space Age, Two Small Pieces of Glass, and Wildest Weather in the Solar System. The observatory houses 2 important telescopes - the Thomas Cooke telescope with a historic 9 3⁄4-inch Cooke Refractor, and the Ruth Crisp telescope, a research-grade 41 cm Cassegrain reflector. View the southern skies at night, and learn about planets, stars, constellations and galaxies. The galleries are also interesting, with asteroids, moon rock, and information about the Apollo missions. The Tūhura Space Module offers a spaceship experience, while the Matariki theatre showcases ancient Māori navigation techniques across the Pacific Ocean using the stars.




















About Space Place at Carter Observatory

 40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

 +64 4-910 3140


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