Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Auckland

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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 travelers who use our international travel planner, Auckland holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Did the rock music laser show, I think it was Pink Floyd, can't remember now, but it was a very good one. You sit in the planetarium room and enjoy the laser projections - you really go into the music...  more »
  • We took our grandchildren to a school holiday show about volcanoes and space. It was brilliant. The planaterium is magic and the volcanic related activities for kids were very educational. They have v...  more »
  • The stardome has a great shop and interactive displays. It also hosts after hours sessions on the telescopes and has a fantastic show in full 3D. I f you don't get to see stars on the night you get a ...  more »
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  • 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
  • Totally worth it. Amazing show, and since it was a cloudy night, they gave us a rain check to come back! Great place for all ages
  • Apart from the normal show in the planaterium, they also have live telescope experience in their Cort yard daily. After every planaterium show please visit to the Cort yard. Their staff waiting for you to explain the daily sky through telescope. Very nice experience for kids. But watch out the weather. You can also join your kids to their young astronomy society.
  • We were lucky to get in as their had been a few cancellations. We looked at the web site first and it didn't advice to call ahead and book. Or say that certain shows had been booked, a feature I think the web site needs. Don't recommend if you suffer from virtgo. But a great show and the kids loved all the practical stuff after.
  • Pretty good experience overall. It pays to book in advance as the show maybe full or booked for something else when you choose to go. The receptionist was nice but gave the wrong information where he said there wasn't going to be a telescope viewing that evening even though the websites and the lady I made the booking through said there would be, and later on it was confirmed in the show that the viewing was indeed on. The foyer with all the displays should be a big bigger as it doesn't feel "long" enough while walking around.. The show itself was very impressive with all the visuals and info hoped for and the narrator a funny bloke who wasn't put off with some annoying kid heckling in the audience. In some evening sessions the show also comes with a free pass to view the telescopes outside on a clear day however when we went there were too many clouds but luckily they give out "rain check" cards to come back another day to do that for free which is a nice touch. Would highly recommend coming here with the kids.