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Space Place

Highlighting the science and history of astronomy.


Located at the top of the Cable Car, Space Place  is housed in Carter Observatory, New Zealand’s longest-serving national observatory.  

Opened in 1937 thanks in part to a bequest from politician, farmer and philanthropist Charles Rooking Carter, the Observatory quickly established itself as a base for astronomical research.

Over the years, its focus has changed and in 2010, it reopened as a visitor attraction.  

As Space Place, it offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with our starry night sky and see how our nation has made a huge contribution to our understanding of space.


Space Place learning sessions highlight the science and history of astronomy.


During the Space Place learning sessions - get a planetarium show experience, browse Space Place’s interactive galleries and participate in a fun and interactive educator-led workshop.

Space Place offers  learning experiences for school students of all ages and  their programmes support a range of curriculum areas.


All Space Place learning sessions are two hours long and include:

  • LEOTC supported educational workshop (30-40 minutes)
  • A planetarium show (45 minutes)
  • Time to explore interactive, multimedia galleries

Education visits take place from Monday to Friday during term time.

Two sessions a day which start at 9:45am and 12:15pm.

Each session can accommodate two groups of up to 35 students (for younger groups: Year 1 and 2 they strongly recommend a maximum of 20 students per group).