Stardome & the Auckland Observatory, Auckland

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Observatory
Gaze out into deep space at Stardome & the Auckland Observatory, 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 & the Auckland Observatory and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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TripAdvisor
  • Looking for something slightly different to do in an evening then seeing one of the shows at the Stardome is something I would highly recommend. Even better they have specials during the year where yo...  more »
  • A group of us visited the Stardome for the Night Sky Show, and we all found it to be very good. It was well presented, very informative and we all learnt something from it. The presenter did a great j...  more »
  • I have taken my son a number of times and he always enjoys the star dome experience. If you can go when you get a chance to use theri telescopes then you are in for a treat.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very good experience overall, you can learn quite a bit about the southern sky here. Though been small, it has everything you need for a good observatory in the city.
  • 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.
  • Can get bit busy on weekends in summer, hard to find parking. But definitely worth it.