Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
A place for an out-of-this-world adventure! Stardome Observatory & Planetarium will inspire a love of looking up and exploring our Universe. Full of entertainment for the whole family, there are planetarium shows, interactive games, activities and displays about space and the night sky. Learn how to navigate using the stars or look through the Zeiss telescope, one of the most powerful telescopes available for public viewing. You can also make your child's next birthday extra special with our awesome party offerings!
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 Space Gallery exhibitions, entry into the Discovery at the Dome activity centre, 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.
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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 premium Our Night Sky live tour show, or catch a 360-degree movie about astronauts, black holes, the Solar System and much more. Evening shows include courtyard telescope viewing (weather permitting). Come early to the show and spend time in the space gallery exhibitions area exploring the different interactive displays.
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Courtyard telescopes are available for public viewing every night, weather permitting (except Monday. Tuesday viewings are restricted to planetarium show ticket holders only). 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, weather permitting. Tours 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.