Planetarium Show Schedule

Our stunning full-dome planetarium shows bring the magic of our southern skies to life and include a live presentation of the night sky over New Zealand.


We Are Stars show icon

We Are Stars A Production of NSC Creative

Do you ever wonder how the universe was created? Roll up and experience the Big Bang, find out how atoms are made and discover the shared origin between planets, stars and you!

SP show icon 1.01bFamily of The Sun Produced by Space Place at Carter Observatory

Space Place’s very own sing-along planetarium show in both English and Te Reo Māori is a mix of science and Māori storytelling. Come see how the Moon orbits the Earth, and follow Pluto through the Solar System as she tries to find her way back home. Recommended for our youngest visitors/under 6s.*

Matariki Dawn Produced by Auckland Stardome and OHU Domes

Explore the spectacular star cluster known as Matariki, and learn about its importance to our culture, our calendar, and our astronomical knowledge of the night sky. Includes two animated Māori stories – the tale of Rangi and Papa and the legend of Rona and the Moon.

Bella Gaia Bella Gaia Kenji Williams

Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, Bella Gaia is a stunning journey through dance and music, accompanied by breath-taking NASA images of our beautiful planet. View trailer

Dinosaurs at Dusk

Dinosaurs at Dusk Produced by Mirage 3D

Travel back in time with Lucy and her father to discover the origins of flights and experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs. Recommended for our younger visitors. View trailer

We are Aliens!

We Are Aliens! A Production of NSC Creative

Our quest to know if we are alone in the Universe has only just begun. As our understanding of how life works continues to grow, so does the number of planets we discover. Explore the ongoing search for life beyond Earth. Recommended for our younger visitors. View trailer

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Produced by Spitz Creative Media

Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. Ride along on a swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face to face with sharks and gigantic whales and fly into erupting volcanoes. View trailer

Astronaut A Production of NSC Creative 

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut?

We Are Astronomers

We Are Astronomers A Production of NSC Creative

Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. Learn about the global collaboration, technology and dedication required in astronomy today, and how astronomers work together to answer some of the biggest questions in the Universe. View trailer

Phantom of the Universe 

Phantom of the Universe takes audiences on an immersive journey to join scientists in the hunt for Dark Matter.
Narrated by Tilda Swinton. View trailer

Dawn of the Space AgeDawn of the Space Age Produced by Mirage 3D 

Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and the future of space travel.

View Trailer


Including the live presentation of the night sky, our planetarium experience runs for around 45 minutes.  Family of the Sun, We Are Aliens and Dinosaurs At Dusk are recommended for our younger visitors.

*Family of the Sun is a fun, interactive show for pre-schoolers featuring song and rhyme that does not follow our standard format. It is recommended for our youngest visitors/under 6s and runs approximately 30mins.

If you’d like to come to Space Place, please call us in advance to see if seats are available for your preferred show on 04 910 3140.

SHOW SCHEDULE from 1 June - 31 August 2018

10:15amFamily of The SunFamily of the Sun
11amWe Are StarsWe Are Aliens
12pmMatariki DawnDinosaurs at Dusk
1pmWe Are AliensWe Are Stars
2pmDinosaurs at DuskMatariki Dawn
3pmWe Are StarsWe Are Aliens
4pmDynamic EarthPhantom of the Universe
5pmWe Are AstronomersDawn of the Space AgeMatariki Dawn
6pmMatariki DawnMatariki DawnWe Are Aliens
7pmPhantom of the UniverseWe Are StarsBella Gaia
8pmWe Are Stars *Phantom of the UniverseWe Are Stars
9pmDynamic Earth *Bella GaiaPhantom of the Universe

*First Tuesday of the month - shows will be replaced with the Astronomy on Tap event


Planetarium Show Schedule

What’s up in Space

Adopt a Star



 Normal Opening Hours:

Tuesday:  4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am –  11pm
Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm

Last entry at 5pm and 10pm

Closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Closed on Christmas day


7 July – 22 July 2018

(The school holiday period gets very busy so it pays to book well in advance for viewings for particular shows. To book, call us on 910 3140 or email us at

Mon:     10am – 5:30pm
Tues:     10am – 11pm
Wed:     10am – 5:30pm
Thurs:   10am – 5:30pm
Fri:        10am – 11pm
Sat:        10am – 11pm
Sun:       10am – 5:30pm


Adult $12.50

Senior/NZ student $10

Child (4-16 years) $8

Under four years: free

Family (two adults and up to three children) $39

Bookings are essential for all schools and tour groups


Parking is available at Skyline 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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