Kiwi Observatory, Timaru

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#6 of 6 in Childrens Museums in South Island
Observatory · Hidden Gem · Museum
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  • The skies that seemed so distant were brought close with their telescopes! While the observatory is in a residential neighbourhood, it is really well done. We learned so much that evening and had a.....  more
    The skies that seemed so distant were brought close with their telescopes! While the observatory is in a residential neighbourhood, it is really well done. We learned so much that evening and had a.....  more »
  • First time I was in observatory. Enjoyed that that’s not a commercial place, but own made. Learned a lot information about stars, galaxies, planets etc. If you’re in Timaru I suggest. 
    First time I was in observatory. Enjoyed that that’s not a commercial place, but own made. Learned a lot information about stars, galaxies, planets etc. If you’re in Timaru I suggest.  more »
  • this place was terrible nothing there could hardly see anything not very friendly expensive not worth it. 
    this place was terrible nothing there could hardly see anything not very friendly expensive not worth it.  more »
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  • One of the best experiences we had driving around NZ for three weeks was stopping in Timaru and visiting this place. The Observatory is handmade and operated by enthusiastic amateur astronomers who will infect you with their passion for the stars. They do great outreach work and share their knowledge with kids and youth groups, supporting the next generation of stargazers. As it is less well known, you are guaranteed of a private and personal tour with the opportunity to see some beautiful sights through their telescopes.
  • Before you visit this Observatory, it is suggested that travellers read the largely negative Google reviews about Mr McTague and the way he has been apparently ripping off astronomy people purchasing goods via the NZ Telescopes website. Both Police and the Disputes Tribunal have been involved, so caution is advised when dealing with Mr McTague
  • Never been there so don't really know why I'm getting made to rate this place
  • So they don't have kiwi birds. Tourist beware... Still pretty cool though!
  • Great spot

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