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!
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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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.
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.