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Zeiss Telescope

Take a closer look at some stunning deep space objects through Stardome’s largest telescope, the Zeiss, in the beautiful and historic copper observatory...

Stargazers Open Day

Curious to visit a planetarium? Or perhaps you’re just mad about Space! To celebrate Auckland Anniversary Weekend, we’ll be opening our doors for a...

Solar System Science - Perfect Little Planet

Go on an adventure through the Solar System with the summer school holiday programme at Stardome. We’re stopping in at planets and other astronomical...

Solar System Science - Wildest Weather

Go on an adventure through the Solar System with the summer school holiday programme at Stardome. We’re stopping in at planets and other astronomical...

The Summer Night Sky

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...

Natural Selection

In Victorian times many physical phenomena were already discovered and described by natural laws, but life’s most central mechanism was still unknown:...

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...

Magic Sky

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...

The Accidental Astronauts

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

A Starry Tale

‘A Starry Tale’ is different from the usual planetarium shows at Stardome. The show takes us on a journey back thousands of years to reveal Greek...

Attack of the Space Pirates

A gang of rogue pirates will stop at nothing to find that technology and unleash its awesome power against the rest of the universe. Now, only one valiant...

Back to the Moon for Good

As you watch Back to The Moon for Good, you will be immersed in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how...

Pink Floyd Laser Lights - Dark Side and The Wall

Relive two of the greatest rock albums of all time in our planetarium theatre – ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘The Wall’ Sit back and revel in the...

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.

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 Wednesday, 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 & 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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