What’s On

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Matariki Dawn Planetarium Show

Matariki Dawn

Recommended 6+

Catch the popular Matariki Dawn show, a Stardome production that looks at the cultural and astronomical aspects of Matariki, a group of spectacular stars....

Winter Night Sky

The Winter Night Sky

Recommended 8+

Join us at 8pm to learn about the planets, stars and constellations that are visible in the night sky this winter in this presenter-led show. Sit back and...

Dawn of the Space Age

Dawn of the Space Age

Recommended 8+

This incredibly accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first forays into space gives you the chance to become a first-hand observer to this exciting...

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...

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

A family from another star system is looking for the perfect vacation spot as they travel through our Solar System. Join them and see the Solar System from...

We are Astronomers planetarium show

We Are Astronomers

Recommended 6+

We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. See how...

New Show Winter Stories in the Sky planetarium show

Winter Stories in the Sky

Recommended 6+

Narrated by Lucy Lawless and John Rhys-Davies, join us for an adventure as our stellar navigators explore the night sky and delve into the myths and...

Pink Floyd Laser Lights - Dark Side and The Wall

Recommended 18+

Relive two of the greatest rock albums of all time Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall in our 360-degree planetarium theatre.  Start your night with...

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

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