Te Ara Whānui ki te Rangi | Space Place

Kia ora. Due to staff absence relating to COVID-19, please check our Facebook page @spaceplacenz for information on COVID-19-related closures.

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.

Admission includes: 

Planetarium Schedule
Ngā Tohunga Whakatere
Adopt a Star

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.

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.

Telescope Viewings

On a clear , you can look through one of our telescopes and roam the spectacular southern skies. It’s star-gazing at its finest. Every Rātū, Rāmere, and Rāhoroi, starting approx 1 hour after sunset and depending on the weather. Contact Space Place if uncertain.

Matariki
Look after our night sky
What’s Up in tuarangi

See our Space Place events, courses and more.

Space Place Hours

Kia ora. Due to staff absence relating to COVID-19, please check our Facebook page @spaceplacenz for information on COVID-19-related closures.

Public Holiday Open Hours: 26th of September

Monday: 10am to 5pm

Open Hours: 26th of July – 26th of September

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 4pm to 10pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 4pm to 10pm

Saturday: 10am to 10pm

Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Last entry 30 mins before close

The last planetarium show at night starts at 9pm.

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 Museums 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

Wilson parking is available at 1 Upland Road. 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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