Times & Prices

Click the down arrows below for visitor information including opening hours & prices for individuals, group booking & schools.

Opening Hours

Stardome’s gallery and exhibits are open every day and night, except Monday night.

Our opening hours are:

Daytime 9:30am-3:00pm
Evening Closed

Daytime 9:30am – 4:30pm
Evening 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday & Thursday
Daytime 9:30am – 4:30pm
Evening 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Daytime 9:30am – 4:30pm
Evening 6:30am – 11:00pm

Daytime 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Evening 6:30pm – 11:00pm

11:30am – 9:30pm

Stardome Planetarium shows:

Daytime Shows for School Groups only
Evening Closed

Daytime Shows for School Groups only
Evening 8pm Special shows

Wednesday & Thursday
Daytime Shows for School Groups only
Evening 7pm & 8pm

Daytime Shows for School Groups only
Evening 7pm, 8pm & 9.00pm

Daytime 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Evening 7pm, 8pm & 9.00pm

Daytime 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Evening 6pm, 7pm & 8pm


Planetarium shows Wednesday-Sunday

Adults $10
Children $8 (3-15yrs)
Seniors $8
Students $8
Family pass $30 (2 Adults & 3 Children)
Special – 2nd show half price (see 2 shows on the same day)

Tuesday Special Shows

$35 Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Wine, Cheese & Astronomy.
Adults Only, includes 2 glasses of wine and snacks.

$25. U2, Stories of the Stars.
Adults Only, includes 1 glass of wine and snacks

$25 Celestial Navigation
12 years & older, Includes a book to take home.


Courtyard Telescopes – Free after a Planetarium show. POA for private group hire.
Large Zeiss Telescope – $8.00 Adult/Child after a Planetarium show. POA for private group hire.

Space Gallery & Exhibits & Gift Shop

Free to enter and explore during Stardome opening hours.
POA for private group hire.

School Holiday Experience

Adults $8
Children $10
Includes Planetarium Show, Themed arts & crafts, Rocket launching in Summer, Face painting in Winter

Group Prices

Groups of 20 or more people in scheduled public Planetarium shows, paying in one single transaction:

Adult $8
Child/Senior/Student $7

Groups 40 or more people. for a private screening at selected times, paying in one single transaction:

Sunday – Thursday $400 + GST
Friday & Saturday $500 + GST

Tour Group special, at selected times, paying in one single transaction:

Weekdays 9am-10am $8, min charge $300. + GST
Weekends 12pm-1pm $10, min charge $400 + GST

Pre-School & School Group Prices

Prices for School and Pre-School trips.

Child/Adult/Teacher $5 each  (1 Adult free for every 8 students)

Minimum charge $175.00 applies to groups of 35 or fewer

Click here for info on School Visits. 

Click here for Low Decile Offers.

Starlight Explorer Annual Pass

Explore, imagine and discover the beauty of space all year round with an annual membership to Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.

  • Free unlimited entry to planetarium shows
  • Unlimited Courtyard Telescope viewing
  • Free entry to School Holiday sessions
  • Invitations to new show previews and special events
  • Half Price Tickets to Tuesday Night Special Shows
  • Monthly Stardome email newsletter
  • A personal Starlight Explorer pass card

Adult $35 / Child, Senior, Student $20 / Family $75 (2 adults & 3 children) Additional child $10


Purchase your pass at Stardome with cash, EFTPOS or credit card.

Or email us at info@stardome.org.nz with these details:

  • Name of the applicant/s
  • Postal address
  • Phone number
  • Credit card details (VISA/Master Card) (or alternatively, ring 624-1246 to arrange credit card payment).

Please allow 5 working days for processing and delivery.

Terms & Conditions, Pass is valid for one year from date of issue, Bookings for planetarium shows are essential, Pass must be presented on entry to redeem benefits, Not valid for school visits, Zeiss telescope viewings are not included, Proof of identity may be required, One card will be issued per membership, Replacement cards will incur a $5 charge, Members under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult, Passes will be issued in the name of one main pass-holder, except Family Passes which can include two names, Excludes special shows and events (except for half price Tuesday Night Special shows, Magic Sky entry and School Holiday sessions)