What’s On

Use the filters below to see which shows are playing on a particular day.

 

Aqua Adventures Autumn School Holiday Programme

Aqua Adventures - We Are Aliens

Recommended 5 -12 years

Splash into an adventure at Stardome these autumn school holidays. Catch the planetarium show We Are Aliens then head into the Space Room to explore the...

We Are Aliens planetarium show

We Are Aliens

Recommended 6+

On a fascinating and immersive journey, the show seeks to find the evidence of alien life in our galaxy. The latest research into this fast evolving area...

Planetarium show Incoming

Incoming!

Recommended 8+

Discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout its history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know...

Autumn Night Sky planetarium show

The Autumn Night Sky

Recommended 8+

Sit back and relax in the high-back, reclined seats in the Stardome’s 360-degree immersive theatre as your presenter takes you on a virtual tour of the...

To Space and Back

Double Feature:To Space and Back & Short Night Sky

Recommended 8+

Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty,...

Magic Sky

Recommended 3+

Magic Sky has been specifically created for preschoolers to offer a fun and engaging introduction to the Moon and stars. Children will be enchanted by what...

Tilt

Tilt

Recommended 4-8 years

It’s a crazy day when snow starts falling in the middle of summer! But sometimes crazy days are just what you need to discover something new! Join Annie...

Perfect Little Planet Planetarium Show

Perfect Little Planet

Recommended 4-8 years

In “Perfect Little Planet,” a family from another star system is doing just that — looking for the perfect vacation spot as they travel through our...

We Are Astronomers planetarium show

We Are Astronomers

Recommended 6+

Do you know what an astronomer does? We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved...

Aqua Adventures Autumn School Holiday Programme

Aqua Adventures - Perfect Little Planet

Recommended 5-12 years

Splash into an adventure at Stardome these autumn school holidays. Catch the planetarium show Perfect Little Planet then head into the Space Room to...

Music and Laser Lights Planetarium Show

Rock the Dome & Pink Floyd - Laser Lights

Recommended 18+

Watch the new Music & Laser Light show ‘Rock the Dome – Modern’ and jam out to the music of Daft Punk, Radiohead, Modest mouse, Tool and the Red Hot...

Courtyard telescopes

Courtyard Telescopes

There is nothing like seeing a deep-space object, or one of the planets in our Solar System with your own eyes through a telescope. Viewing the rings of Saturn, the red fuzzy Mars or the shadowy craters on the Moon is an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike.

The Stardome telescopes are out Tuesday-Sunday evening, subject to suitable sky conditions. The courtyard telescopes are operated by the experienced telescope team who can locate the gems deep in the night sky for you – beautiful stars, planets, star clusters and nebulae. Bring along your smartphone and take a photo of what you can see through the telescopes to share online – #astronomyrules! 

The courtyard telescope experience is complimentary after the 7pm, 8pm and 9pm shows during winter and autumn, and after the 8pm show in summer and spring.

Don’t forget to wrap up in a warm coat, looking up at the stars and planets through telescopes can be very chilly, so we advise wearing warm clothes.

The Zeiss telescope

Zeiss Telescope

For an extra special experience, take a closer look at some stunning deep space objects through Stardome’s largest telescope, the Zeiss, in the beautiful, historic observatory dome. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday subject to suitable sky conditions, for individuals and groups of up to 15 people.

On a clear night, you can expect to see four or five deep-space objects, accompanied by engaging commentary from a Stardome team member. An unforgettable experience for adults and children. This experience is best suited for those aged 8 and over.

Zeiss telescope viewings are available as an optional extra after evening planetarium shows for just $10 per person. Included in the ticket price is a special booklet about the history of telescopes at Stardome. Call the team on 09 624 1246 to add the Zeiss experience on to your trip to Stardome.

Space Gallery and Exhibits

Space Gallery & Exhibits

Stardome’s space gallery & exhibits is an engaging experience to browse either before or after your planetarium show. 

  • Learn more about the History of Spacecraft in the interactive toy brick display.
  • Take a look at New Zealand’s most diverse display of meteorites including pieces of the Moon and Mars. .
  • Find out how telescopes work.
  • Check out the Space Tracker display and keep up with the latest space exploration missions. 
  • Climb onto our weighing machine to find out how much you would weigh on other planets.
  • Take a close look at the two replica NASA spacesuits and then take a photo as “Buzz” the astronaut.

Thank you to our supporters, Regional Facilities Auckland, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, Sir Po-shing Woo, the Lion Foundation, Foundation North and the Chisholm Whitney Family Trust for funding the development of the new displays

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

Make an enquiry

Do you have a question?

Please complete the contact form with as much information as you can and our friendly team will be in touch as soon as they can.

Fill out my online form.