Wrap up an out-of-this-world gift and give your loved one a star! Adopting a star is a unique way to honour a new birth or birthday, special anniversary, a different way to say I love you, or simply a gift for that person who has everything. Our memorial star option can also be a special way to remember a loved one who has passed away.

For $65, your personalised Adopt A Star pack will contain:

  • A personalised certificate with your star coordinates
  • A laser cut wood star to keep as a memento
  • A star map so you can find your star’s location in the night sky (the star itself is not visible, only its location)
  • Information about the constellation the star is in
  • One adult or two child passes to Stardome (valid for a regular show only, one-year expiry)

Purchasing an Adopt a Star pack helps Stardome (a registered charitable trust) continue to share astronomical knowledge and education with the public and schools of Auckland. The money raised from Adopt a Star sales goes towards our open days, upgrading planetarium shows and reaching out to students as part of our education programme.


To purchase an Adopt a Star pack please fill out the online form.

Please allow ten working days for processing and delivery.

Holiday season orders 2022

  • For courier delivery, please place your order and payment by 11:59pm Thursday 15 December to help ensure delivery before Christmas. Orders placed after this date will still be processed but may not be delivered before Christmas.

  • If you are picking up, please place your order and payment by 11:59pm Sunday 18 December. Packages needed before Christmas must be picked up from Stardome by 3pm Saturday 24 December.

  • Occasionally customers visit hoping that an Adopt a Star package can be prepared while they wait. We regret that this is not possible.


  • Our first day back in the office is 16 January 2023.


  • Stardome is undergoing a renovation from 24 December 2022 onwards and will be temporarily closed to the public. We will be processing Adopt-A-Star orders as usual during the renovation period from 16 January 2023. Please allow ten working days for processing. Orders for collection can be picked up from our temporary offices in Ellerslie. We will advise you of the address once your order is placed.


  • The position of the star selected will be visible from your selected location but the star itself will not be. On the darkest of nights, away from city lights, no more than 5,000 stars can be seen with the unaided eye.  However, the constellation where your star belongs should be able to be identified using the star chart provided. 
  • A constellation representing a person’s ‘star sign’ is not readily visible on their birthday as it will be too close to the sun, therefore a star in this constellation will not be chosen.
  • An official star catalogue name and/or number is cross-referenced on the presentation certificate you receive.
  • 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.
  • Stardome does not accept liability for the star after it has left Stardome and your dispatch email has been sent.
  • From 1 January 2023 the courier cost will increase from $5 to $10. The courier cost only covers shipping within New Zealand. We do not ship to overseas addresses. Please provide us with a New Zealand address. 
  • Please allow ten working days to process your application. 

Occasionally customers visit hoping that an Adopt a Star package can be prepared while they wait. We regret that this is not possible.


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