Te Ara Whānui ki te Rangi | Space Place

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.

Ngā Tohunga Whakatere – The Navigators

Introducing Ngā Tohunga Whakatere – The Navigators a family-friendly animated 30-minute immersive planetarium show that’ll take you on an unforgettable adventure across the Pacific Ocean. Discover the story of Māori, Pasifika and, later, European navigation towards Aotearoa through the eyes of budding star navigator, Moko. Now showing at Space Place. Book now.


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.

Adopt a Star

You may never be able to own a star, but don’t worry – now you can adopt a star with Space Place! It’s another way to catch the stars at Space Place!

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

On a clear pō, 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.

Telescope viewings on hold during Alert Level 2

Matariki in the night sky


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.


26th of October – 19th of December

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 4pm to 11pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 4pm to 11pm

Saturday: 10am to 11pm

Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Last entry 30 mins before close

The last planetarium show at night starts at 9pm.


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.


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.



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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