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Looking for an inspirational experience?
Take a trip into Space!

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School Holiday Shows

Every School Holidays we have regular planetarium shows screening throughout the day, suitable for kids of all ages. Running in tandem we have a range of space-themed activities, crafts and facepainting, all of which will keep kids entertained.

 

Planetarium Shows

Prepare to be amazed as your guide takes you on an unforgettable tour of our universe!

See the Universe recreated in front of your eyes from the comfort of your reclining seat inside the Planetarium theatre, day or night, rain or shine. Incredible digital projections of stars and planets come to life on the giant domed screen above you with beautiful clarity.

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 all include courtyard telescope viewing (weather permitting).

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Please note the following conditions of entry:

Bookings are essential to secure your seat. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for shows as late entry into the planetarium is not possible once the show has started. Seating is general admission. Young children must be accompanied by an adult in the Planetarium. Planetarium shows are not suitable for Children 3 years and under. Children 3 years and under are not permitted in the 8pm and 9pm shows. On Tuesday evenings our premises are an 18+ restricted area due to the terms of our liquor licence. Shows are subject to change at any time.

 

Telescope Viewing

We provide telescopes for public viewing outside Stardome every night subject to suitable sky conditions, and except Monday evenings when Stardome is closed.  Telescopes are complimentary after the 7pm, 8pm & 9pm shows over Winter and after the 8pm & 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 $8 per person.

More about Telescopes

Space Gallery & Exhibits

Stardome’s recently installed space gallery & exhibits are an engaging experience to browse either on their own or before/after your planetarium show.

Link to Space Gallery & Exhibits Page

Group Bookings

We welcome planetarium session bookings from all groups, including seniors,  office social clubs, tour groups, scouts, girl guides, and other clubs for young and old alike. We can tailor a presentation for your group or you can choose from our wide range of shows on offer.

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Venue Hire

If you’re planning a meeting, conference or event for your team, or you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, hire one of our function spaces or the whole venue, and you’ll be guaranteed a memorable experience.

More on Venue Hire

Fundraisers

Are you looking for a unique way to raise funds for your school, charity or community group?  Stardome can offer you a simple fundraising opportunity that transports your guests into space with an inspirational planetarium experience. Rates for screenings are heavily discounted and you can on-sell tickets at a price decided by you. A Stardome Planetarium Show fundraiser is a fun and effective way to raise funds for your cause.

For more information please email info@stardome.org.nz or call us on 624 1246

Adopt-a-Star

Do you know someone who deserves a special gift or an occasion that should be honoured with a star? We invite you to adopt-a-star!

Adopting a Star makes a really special gift and a is wonderful way to honour an occasion.  Adopt your own star, and you’ll get a personalised certificate dedicating the selected star to a nominated person or event, a star chart to show you where to find the star, some background information on the star’s constellation, and a ticket to see a show at the Stardome Observatory.

For $60, you will receive a presentation certificate dedicating the selected star to a nominated person or event,
a star chart to show you where to find the star, some background information on the star’s constellation,
and a pass to attend a show at the Stardome Observatory.

Give a gift that is limited in supply to someone special today.

Stars selected are visible from New Zealand, and an official star catalogue name and/or number is cross-referenced on the presentation certificate you receive. The star selected and recorded on your certificate is unique to you. We allocate one certificate only to each star.

Each Adopt-a-Star pack contains:

  • A presentation certificate (suitable for framing) dedicating the selected star to a nominated person or event.
  • A star chart showing where to find the star in the night sky.
  • Background information on the star’s constellation.
  • One Adult Pass (or two Child Passes) to a planetarium show at Stardome Observatory.

To Adopt-a-Star, please email these details to: adopt@stardome.org.nz

  • Name to appear on certificate.
  • Name and address for mailing of completed certificate and charts.
  • What day to be commemorated and location from where the star will be viewed (nearest town or city).
  • Your credit card details (VISA/Master Card) (or alternatively, call 624-1246 to arrange credit card payment).

For special circumstances, eg. a memorial certificate, please phone or email for further details.

Please allow 5 working days for processing and delivery.

Please note:

Your donation assists the work of Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, we are a registered charitable trust.
Stars adopted are unique to you.
You do not get naming or ownership rights to the star.
The adoption programme is a donation to Stardome Observatory & Planetarium and does not constitute any legal ownership or property entitlement.

Accessibility Info

Stardome has good access for wheelchairs throughout the facility and in the Planetarium itself.

For group bookings we can take around 3-5 wheelchairs at the front of the planetarium dome. The only part of the attraction that is not wheelchair accessible is the Zeiss telescope dome, which has 4 steps leading up to it’s dome.