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Dinosaurs' Rock Summer School Holiday Fun

Summer School Holidays - Dinosaurs' Rock

Recommended 5 -12 years

The Dinosaurs’ Rock Summer School Holiday Fun experience is split into three parts, over 1.5 hours. Learn more below, and don’t forget to book – spots are...

Stories in the Sky Summer planetarium show

Summer Stories in the Sky

Recommended 8+

  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...

Tales of a Time Traveler Planetarium Show

Tales of a Time Traveler

Recommended 6+

Time is elusive. It’s impossible to hold. It can’t be owned. It can’t be stopped. Explore this fascinating concept, where you’ll be transported to...

The Night Sky

The Summer 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...

Grand Tour of the Solar System

Grand Tour of the Solar System

Recommended 8+

Take a trip through our Solar System, stopping off to explore the atmosphere of different planets – from the poisonous gases and unbearable 900˚F heat...

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...

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...

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Recommended 4-8 years

Join two young adventurers for a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our Solar System’s planets with guidance from a wise astronomy book. Take a visit...

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...

Pink Floyd Laser Lights - WYWH and The Wall

Recommended 18+

Relive two of the greatest rock albums of all time Wish You Were Here and The Wall in our 360-degree planetarium theatre.  Start your night with...

Celestial Navigation

Recommended 18+

Celestial navigation was once used by sailors crossing vast oceans with the intention of reaching land. Astro-navigation is still used today in space...

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 Wednesday-Sunday evening to both the public and those attending shows, subject to suitable sky conditions. Tuesday night telescopes are only available to those attending the show. 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. If you aren’t coming to the show, but would still like to experience the telescopes, entry is inlcuded with the normal Space Gallery fee. 

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.

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: As of September 15th, the Zeiss is undergoing a major upgrade and will be out of action for the foreseeable future. Please check back for updates. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. 

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.

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