Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Auckland Central

4.2
#2 of 8 in Childrens Museums in North Island
Gaze out into deep space at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, New Zealand's largest planetarium theater. Lie back and watch the wonders of the universe unfold across the planetarium's dome, or take a look at planets, stars, and nebulae through one of the observatory's telescopes, operated by friendly and informative staff members. Kids will love the many activities on offer, such as making and launching plastic bottle rockets. Make sure to browse the informative exhibits and displays, and check out the gadgets and souvenirs at the gift shop. For Stardome Observatory & Planetarium and beyond, use our Auckland Central visit planner to get the most from your Auckland Central vacation.
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  • An excellent way to spend a few hours, beautifully done, informed staff, quite magical. One of our friends was so negative about going, he must have enjoyed he's been back again.  more »
  • If astronomy and/or space is your thing, then you can' t go wrong at Stardome. Visiting the interpretive center only cost $2pp children $1, and that is more than worth the money.  more »
  • Great experience. The stardome screen is above you and the chairs are slightly tilted back to allow for maximum immersion into the screening. The guide was very insightful and the audio and visual sys...  more »
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  • It was better than I ever expected it to be! They have a great exhibition, showing stuff like meteors or pictures of the moon landing. There are also some fun experiments you can do so its definitely worth it to arrive a bit earlier. Even the toilets had fun space facts, all around a great set-up, you can really see that it was built with much love for the topic. The show was great as well, maybe a bit short for my liking. But because of this we had more time to ask questions, which the presenter answered perfectly. You could really see that he knew what he was talking about but still managed to explain it to everyone. Great job!
  • From Japan:) It was good experience for me. I could see the southern cross for the first time. I was so lucky I could visit here when the sky was clear. Also, I could see a shooting star! Guides were kind and knowledgeable.
  • My kids and I absolutely loved the July holiday Dinosaur show & workshop after - tennis ball rockets, robot dinosaurs, fossil making, Lego space exhibits? All a huge hit. Great educational value - well done them. (AND great playground / park and One Tree Hill on doorstep :) We're going to be regular visitors for sure. We did phone ahead for seats. Their programme is vast - lots more shows we're going to go back for.
  • Fantastic place for kids. They have overhead dome movie hall and shows the story of earth and how it evolved. They have many other stuffs for kids to play. Like astronaut dress, colour area etc. You can get annual membership card which is inexpensive and kids can enjoy a lot. 👍😇
  • Love stargazing and the very informative shows available at times. Went for the Matariki Dawn show, unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to use the telescope but we were given rain checks to return at another time. Lovely experience I was excited like a kid. Would have given 5 stars if there are more expo / display or expansion of the expo area that'll be great

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