Space Place is home to a state of the art Sky-Skan digital fulldome planetarium system hosting a range of planetarium movies for every age.

Planetarium Schedule

Space Place is home to a state-of-the-art Sky-Skan digital full-dome planetarium system hosting a range of planetarium movies for every age.  Each film (except Family of the Sun and XYZZY) also has a 15-minute live Night’s Sky presentation, so visitors can get to know their night skies. Click here to see our planetarium shows.

Planetarium Schedule  | 29th April – 30th June 2024 

10:15amTe Whānau o te Rā - Family of the SunTe Whānau o te Rā - Family of the SunTe Whānau o te Rā - Family of the SunTe Whānau o te Rā - Family of the SunTe Whānau o te Rā - Family of the SunTe Whānau o te Rā - Family of the SunTe Whānau o te Rā - Family of the Sun
11amWe are AliensWe are Aliens
12pmNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The NavigatorsHow it was told to meNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The NavigatorsWe Are AliensAstronautWe are GuardiansAstronaut
1pmNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The NavigatorsWe Are Astronomers
2pmWe Are AstronomersNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators
3pmWe Are AliensWe Are AliensCAPCOM Go! The Apollo StoryAstronautNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The NavigatorsAstronautCAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story
4pmWe Are AstronomersWe are GuardiansWe Are AliensNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The NavigatorsWe Are AliensWe are GuardiansWe Are Aliens
5pmCAPCOM Go! The Apollo StoryHow it was told to meNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators
6pmNgā Tohunga Whakatere - The NavigatorsXYZZYHow it was told to me
7pmXYZZYWe Are AstronomersCAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story
8pmWe Are Astronomers*XYZZYThe Sun, Our Living Star
9pmEinstein’s Gravity Playlist*Phantom of the UniverseXYZZY

* Shows replaced by Astronomy on Tap last Tuesday of every month, click here for more info

Click the plus sign (+) next to the movie title for summaries

We Are Guardians

The world is a fascinating place, filled with incredible creatures, diverse cultures, and breathtaking environments. Everything in our world is connected, from the tiniest organisms to the magnificent whales in the ocean. We Are Guardians is a thought-provoking animated film that explores the special bond between ecosystems and how satellites play a vital role in understanding and protecting our planet. Designed for curious viewers of all ages, this film presents information in a way that is easy for kids to understand and enjoy. Join us on a journey as we delve into the fascinating world of satellite monitoring, human activities, and the impact of climate change. Together, we can learn how these amazing devices help us preserve and safeguard our beautiful Earth. 


Award-winning planetarium show created by leading contemporary artist Jess Johnson and director Simon Ward. Psychedelic visuals of flesh mandalas, self-replicating architecture, undulating worms, hallucinogenic patterns, and messianic alien deities charged with 90s-inspired electronic synthesiser tracks. 

Suitable for ages 14+
Please note there is no night sky presentation after the show.
Please note the show features strobing effects

Ngā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators

Moko dreams of becoming a master star navigator like her tūpuna and like her koro Jack. The budding navigator finds herself travelling through time and space in the wake of the greatest Pacific navigators, in a fully immersive planetarium show on Space Place’s stunning digital, full-dome planetarium screen.

Journey with Moko as she gains knowledge and understanding of Māori, Pasifika and European voyaging traditions and realises how skilled her tūpuna had to be to travel the largest ocean on Earth.

Suitable for 8+

How It Was Told To Me

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Māori Legends from Aotearoa with “How It Was Told to Me.” This collection of three remarkable theatrical short animations can be enjoyed individually or showcased as a complete collection. Created by OHU Domes, these award-winning animations feature the enchanting sounds of traditional Māori instruments by Dr. Richard Nunns, narrated by Te Kohe Tuhaka, Tānea Heke, and Rangimoana Taylor, and brought to life with exceptional sound design by Dylan Storey. Prepare to be mesmerised by the rich storytelling and cultural heritage of Māori legends in this extraordinary cinematic experience. 

Phantom of the Universe

Phantom of the Universe

Did you know that all we can see in the universe only makes up 5% of what exists? Join Tilda Swinton as scientists hunt for the universe’s mysterious dark matter. From early discoveries by Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubin, to recent experiments at the Hadron Collider at CERN, we know it’s out there, but how can we prove it?

Suitable for ages 13+

Watch the trailer here

Einstein’s Gravity Playlist

Einstein’s Gravity Playlist is an original planetarium show that explores the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves. Follow Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them. Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916, and a century later, scientists detected these waves using incredibly precise laser technology here on Earth.

Suitable for ages 9+

The Sun, Our Living Star

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. Discover the secrets of our star and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in this visually striking immersive fulldome format.

Suitable for General Audience.


CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story

50 years ago the Apollo 11 astronauts risked everything to set foot on the Moon. Discover the story of bravery, determination, ingenuity and hope which will inspire the next generation of explorers and dreamers to overcome obstacles and reach for the stars.

By NSC Creative.

Suitable for a General Audience.


The exploration of space is a great endeavour of humankind. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to manoeuvring through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space through the experience of ‘Chad’, our test astronaut.

Narrated by Ewan McGregor. Enquire about our Mandarin Chinese screening of this show.

Suitable for ages 6+

We are Astronomers

We are Astronomers

Narrated by Dr Who star David Tennant with music by New Zealand composer Rhian Sheehan, We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe using technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile, and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Produced by NSC Creative. Enquire about our Mandarin Chinese screening of this show.

Suitable for ages 9+

We Are Aliens

We are Aliens

If there really are aliens out there, why haven’t we met any yet? Take a fascinating journey to find evidence of alien life in our galaxy and understand the latest research into this fast evolving area of science guided by UK scientists. Narrated by Rupert Grint, We are Aliens! is from the creators of the award-winning “We Are Astronomers” and “Astronaut” with music by Rhian Sheehan.

Enquire about our Mandarin Chinese screening of this show.

Suitable for ages 7+

Te Whānau o te Rā - Family of the Sun

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.

Produced by Space Place. Suitable for under 6s
Please note there is no night sky presentation after the show.

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