Space Place, Wellington

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#1 of 9 in Childrens Museums in North Island
Discover the delights of the southern skies at Space Place. Perched at the top of Wellington's cable car, New Zealand's longest-serving observatory boasts numerous educational exhibits, a full-dome digital planetarium, and world-class telescopes. You can learn about the skies through the interactive learning activities or attend one the public telescope sessions to watch an expert astronomer reveal what's happening up above. Check the planetarium's show schedule online and book your seat in advance to avoid disappointment. A visit to Space Place represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Wellington online route builder to plot your vacation.
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  • I absolutely loved my visit to the space place. I was fortunate enough to have my own personal guide show in the dome theatre. A great animated film called we are all stars - so cool - if i had been s...  more »
  • went there with my son and he goes crazy. he was pointing this and that he was so amazed as he really like the solar system! he was telling me that some of the stuff are wrong so i was covering his mo...  more »
  • Excellent entertainment for children aged 8-12 years and the Gallery next to it is excellent too. The staff are excellent to communicate with which makes it so easy as a grandmother with 4 grandchildr...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic place has great planetarium shows and a cool museum attached. The main attraction however was the telescope, well worth waiting for a clear and starry night to get the opportunity to gaze at the planets, and stars through such a great piece of historical gear. Will be going back next time I visit!
  • A wonderful place to explore for adults and children alike. The little films you get to watch are super cheesy but still lots of fun. The museum part of Space Place has lots of really interesting exhibits, including ones that you can play and interact with. The Telescope is a true wonder to behold. The observatory dome opens up in the night time and visitors can learn about our night sky. I've personally not been to a night time display, but I hear it is absolutely spectacular is you can get there on a clear night. Looking forward to visiting again!
  • I visited for a public lecture. Very nice to see the new upgrade and exhibitions. Very friendly and attentive staff. If you a space nerd or got inclinations or want to learn more about space, astronomy, stars, galaxies this is the place for you! There is plenty to do for kids 6 and up. Nice gift shop selling good quality educational toys and sets. And you can get an ice cream! #museumsWellington
  • A rather small planetarium located in the botanical garden, with interesting screenings. A great place to take your children into, especially during the holiday. The staff members are helpful and knowledgeable.
  • This was amazing. The projected show was incredible and the staff were very friendly.

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As an established, modern capital city, Wellington offers accommodations of numerous shapes and sizes. Get a harbor view at a luxury hotel by the waterfront, or enjoy simple rental rooms at one of the many backpacker hostels. Cheaper accommodation lies outside the downtown area, with motels, campsites, and RV parks providing options for those on smaller budgets, and travelers wanting to get out of town and into the rolling, green hills. Wellington benefits from a wide range of transport and a very efficient infrastructure, so you'll have access to attractions no matter where you stay.
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