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Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

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Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

A place to explore, imagine and discover! Stardome Observatory & Planetarium will inspire a love of stargazing, the planets and our Universe. Full of cosmic entertainment for the whole family, there are Planetarium shows, games and activities with videos, puzzles and displays about space and the sky at night. Learn how to navigate using the stars or look through the Zeiss telescope, one of the most powerful telescopes available for public viewing. Make your child's next birthday extra special with our brilliantly fun birthday parties!

Birthday Parties

Blast off into space for your child’s next birthday party. The only planetarium in Auckland, a trip to Stardome for a birthday party is a unique way to mark the special occasion.

Booking Stardome for a birthday party includes hiring the Matariki Room, access to a fully-equipped kitchen, unlimited access to our foyer exhibitions and seats in the planetarium to see one of our immersive, 360-degree planetarium shows.

$300+GST (Minimum booking for 15 children and two adults). Book into the morning slot 10am – 1pm or for an afternoon party, 2pm – 5pm.f
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Planetarium shows

Our Planetarium shows run every night of the week except Mondays and change regularly so there’s always something new to see. Choose from a huge range of topics including the Night Sky, Astronauts, Black Holes and much more. Evening shows include courtyard telescope viewing (weather permitting).  Come early to the show and spend time in the SPace Gallery and Exhibits area, exploring the different interactive displays. Read more on our Planetarium shows here.

Telescopes

We provide telescopes for public viewing outside Stardome every night (except Monday) subject to suitable sky conditions. Telescopes are complimentary after the 7pm, 8pm and 9pm shows over Winter and after the 8pm and 9pm shows over Summer. Courtyard telescopes are operated by experienced staff who can show you beautiful stars, planets, star clusters and nebulae. The large Zeiss telescope in the beautiful copper observatory dome is also open for public presentations every Thursday, Friday and Saturday after the 8pm show, subject to suitable sky conditions. Presentations are available for individuals and groups up to 15 people and we recommend advance booking. On a clear night, you can expect to see four or five deep-space objects, accompanied by an engaging commentary from one of our team of presenters. The atmosphere in the Zeiss telescope is magical and offers an unforgettable experience for adults and children ages 8 and over. The Zeiss experience costs an additional $10 per person.

Times and Prices
For full details on our shows, open hours and prices visit our website www.stardome.org.nz or call on 09 624 1246.  Keep an eye out for special events and our popular school programmes.

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.