Te Ara Whānui ki te Rangi | Space Place

AN UPDATE

Kia ora, Wellington is in Covid-19 Alert Level 1.

Space Place remains open under COVID-19 Level 1 alert. 

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is very important to us so we continue to follow Ministry of Health advice and guidelines. We encourage contract tracing upon entering via the NZ COVID Tracer app or manually. We’ll continue to monitor advice from the Wellington City Council and Ministry of Health and will share updates here and on social media. 

For more details, see our FAQs here.


At Space Place we share the stories of our New Zealand skies through multimedia exhibits, interactive galleries, the historic Thomas Cooke telescope and our digital, full-dome planetarium. Learn about planets, stars, constellations and galaxies and New Zealand’s contribution to astronomy and space sciences. Complete your trip through the galaxy, look back in time to our history of exploration with the transit of Venus and Māori starlore.
Planetarium Schedule
What’s Up in tuarangi
Adopt a Star
Primary Education Programmes

Planetarium
Space Place’s stunning digital, full-dome planetarium screen has a range of shows for all ages, selected from the best available nationally and internationally. From adorable Ngā Tautangata and spectacular images of the planets to the wonders and exploration through te tuarangi, each show includes a live presentation of the night sky over Aotearoa.

See our list of shows and times here.

Please note that Space Place will be closed from 5pm for a private function on the 7th of November. The last planetarium show for the day will be at 4pm. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

Interactive Galleries
Explore our galleries including a do-it-yourself Black Hole and asteroids you can pick up. You’ll find a real marama rock, learn about the historic Apollo missions of the late 1960s and experience a rocket blast-off. In the Tūhura Space Module you can experience what it feels like to be inside a spaceship.

Visit the Matariki theatre and listen to stories explaining how Māori navigated the vast Pacific Ocean using the ngā whetū, and learn the importance of Matariki, the astronomical event that marks the Māori New Year.

Thomas Cooke Telescope

Space place has made the decision to suspend all telescope viewings until further notice. We are excited to be able to re-offer this amazing experience in the near future.

On a clear , you can look through the giant telescope and roam the spectacular southern skies. It’s star-gazing at its finest. Every Rātū, Rāmere, and Rāhoroi depending on the weather. Contact Space Place if uncertain.

Matariki in the night sky

Matariki

The reappearance of the Matariki mgā whetū in our night sky signals the beginning of the Māori New Year. Matariki is a time for us to reflect on the past and celebrate the future. Learn more about Matariki at Space Place and online here.

The light pollution project

The Light Pollution Project

Join Space Place in a Citizen Science project where we measure light pollution — the excessive use of light at night, in Pōneke and take action to darken our skies. Learn all about light pollution and the project here.

The exterior of Space Place with the night sky shining bright behind it

What’s Up in tuarangi

Each week, our Communication Team give you a heads up of what is appearing in the night sky. Keep up to date with what’s going on in our universe and beyond here.

See our Space Place events, courses and more.

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday: 4pm – 11pm

Friday: 4pm – 11pm

Saturday: 10am – 11pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Last entry is 30 mins before close.

Please note that Space Place will be closed from 5pm for a private function on the 7th of November. The last planetarium show for the day will be at 4pm. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

ADMISSION PRICES

Adult: $14

Gold Card Holder / NZ Student (NZ ID required): $12

Child (4-16 years): $9

Preschool Child (0-3 years): Free

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): $45

Friends of Museum Wellington: Free

Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Bookings are essential for all school groups and tour groups.

PARKING

Ticket parking is available at the car park located on Upland Road (charges apply). There are limited parking spaces outside Space Place reserved especially for mobility permit holders.

CONTACT US

HOW TO FIND US

40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington 6012

Located at the top of the Cable Car, just a short stroll from the terminus.

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