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Stellar Summer Days - Summer School Holidays

Stellar Summer Days - Summer School Holiday Fun

Recommended 4-12 years

It’s all stars and sunlight at Stardome these school holidays! Catch We Are Stars, an immersive planetarium show, which takes you on an adventure...

Capturing the Cosmos planetarium show

Capturing the Cosmos

Recommended 8+

Astronomers today are exploring the universe on a grand scale. But knowing what’s out there, is just the first step. Putting the pieces together to...

Back to the Future Part II

Recommended 6+

GREAT SCOTT! Marty McFly has only just got back from the past when he is once again picked up by Doc and sent through time to the future. Marty’s job in...

Dream to Fly

Dream to Fly

Recommended 6+

Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure and find out how...

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...

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...

The Accidental Astronauts

The Accidental Astronauts

Recommended 4-8 years

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...

Attack of the Space Pirates

Attack of the Space Pirates

Recommended 6+

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...

To Space and Back

To Space and Back

Recommended 6+

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,...

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...

Rock the Dome & Led Zeppelin - Music & Lasers

Recommended 18+

Watch the new Music & Laser Light show ‘Rock the Dome – Modern’ and jam out to the music of Daft Punk, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, the Red...

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 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 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 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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