We visited twice, principally to look through the telescope. Check the weather and plan ahead. The volunteers are friendly and helpful.
The observatory was conveniently located close to the Tram stop. It had a great astronomy museum with lots of videos and such. The Imax movies cost extra, but was worth it, especially for children.
This is a really neat interactive attraction. Great for the kids as they can get 'hands on' with the exhibits. There's also Planetarium shows that are really interesting and fun. Something for both the adults and children to enjoy. Really worth it
Took the Cable Car up to the observatory so did not have far to walk. Lovely view of Wellington from up there, and we looked around at the other buildings up there - very interesting. A unique clock /sundial to one side of the observatory is a must see. We were able to walk around some of the displays while... More
we had a great time, the guy who did the talking did a great job, explaining and with added humor. we had a good look around, there was a kids party going on, so while we were doing the feel for the lift off child's were walking past pushing the buttons, so I few growly words from me they stopped.
good planetarium show that lasted around 45 minutes then a good 1-1.5 hrs spend wandering through the remainder reading and looking at all they had to offer. great to do on any day but especially if the weather is poor.
If you are interested in stars and the universe this observatory is excellent. It was late in the day so unfortunately missed the special exhibitions but the journey through the different spaces was extremely interesting and especially the Southern Skies gallery and The Theatre.
Arrived just before a show and waited to get in the show, wandered around the exhibition and really enjoyed what we saw, the show is well worth the money - the chairs are so comfortable you could easily fall asleep when the lights are dimmed. Well worth the fees charged, they also sell an annual pass which is very reasonable... More
Its a great place to stop by when you are doing your botanical gardens walk. Good exhibition with plenty of very helpful staff. The planetarium show is also worth a visit, it is nice to get an explanation of all the southern skies and link it to the local mythology.
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