What’s On

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Music & Lasers - Rock the Dome & Dark Side

Recommended 18+

The Music & Laser Light show ‘Rock the Dome’ features music from Daft Punk, Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. Presented in...

From Earth to the Universe

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A...

Our Night Sky

Recommended 8+

In this live 360-degree experience, your planetarium presenter will take you on an extraordinary tour of the stars, planets and constellations visible on...

The Accidental Astronauts

The Accidental Astronauts

Recommended 4-8 years

Explore the Sun, Moon and Earth system with a wise-cracking starship computer. Follow an asteroid as it crashes into the Moon. Bounce along with them on...

Tycho to the Moon

Recommended 3+

Blast off on an amazing ride into space with Tycho and his young friends Ruby and Michael. Learn about night and day, space travel, the phases of the Moon...

Perfect Little Planet Planetarium Show

Perfect Little Planet

Recommended 4-8 years

Join them and see the Solar System from a distinctly different point of view. Soar over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the...

Solar System Odyssey

Solar System Odyssey

Recommended 6-10 years

Billionaire Warren Trout thinks he can make a fortune colonising the rest of the solar system and sends space pilot Jack Larson to find out where. But...

Dinosaurs at Dusk

From pterosaurs to paragliding — a full-speed flight through history! Take to the skies and discover the origins of flight. It’s a learning adventure...


Recommended 6+

Astronaut is an immersive planetarium show which takes you from Earth into space … and beyond! Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an...

Looking Up

Recommended 6+

Kids shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the celestial sights above Auckland simply because their bedtime is too early to see the stars...

School Holidays: The Accidental Astronauts

School Holiday Special! All tickets $8, kids and adults! Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected...

School Holidays: Tilt

School Holiday Special! All tickets $8, kids and adults! It’s a crazy day when snow starts falling in the middle of summer! But sometimes crazy days are...

School Holidays: Perfect Little Planet

School Holiday Special! All tickets $8, kids and adults! Greetings Earthlings! We’re on vacation! Imagine you could take the ultimate space vacation —...

School Holidays: Astronaut

School Holiday Special! All tickets $8, kids and adults! The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour that humanity has ever undertaken. What does it...

Dinosaurs at Dusk planetarium show

School Holidays: Dinosaurs at Dusk

Recommended 6+

School Holiday Special! All tickets $8, kids and adults! It’s a learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for...

School Holidays: Looking Up

School Holiday Special! All tickets $8, kids and adults! Kids shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the celestial sights above Auckland simply...

School Holidays: Tycho to the Moon

School Holiday Special! All tickets $8, kids and adults! Meet Tycho, a dog who doesn’t just howl at the Moon, but wants to go there. Blast off on an...

2001: A Space Odyssey

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent...

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. Viewing the rings of Saturn, the red glow of Mars or the shadowy craters on the Moon through a telescope is an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike.

The Stardome’s courtyard telescopes are available every Thursday-Sunday*, to both the public and those attending evening shows. The telescopes are operated by our experienced team who can locate the wonders of the night sky for you and provide some background to what you are seeing – from beautiful planets, to star clusters and nebulae. Naturally, telescope viewings are subject to suitable sky and weather conditions.

The courtyard telescope experience is complimentary after the our 7pm and 8.30pm evening shows. If you aren’t coming to the show, but would still like to experience the telescopes, entry is included with the normal Space Gallery fee.

Don’t forget to wrap up in a warm coat, as stargazing at night can be a little chilly! For more details, or to check the viewing schedule on the night of your visit, please call ahead.

*Telescope viewings on Wednesday evenings are available as part of our evening show packages.

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

The Zeiss telescope

Zeiss Telescope

PLEASE NOTE: the Zeiss is undergoing a major technical upgrade and is currently only open on certain evenings. Please call ahead to check if the Zeiss is operating before your visit. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

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.


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