Carter Observatory

Carter Observatory


Max's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Totally worth it! Walk through a 45 minute exhibition about our galaxy and then choose the movie you want to see depending on the different time of day. I recommend 'We are stars'.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jonas Weidner


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice. I learnt alot about our universe. There are lots of videos so you don't have to read everything. The show was good as well.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Bill P

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Very enjoyable, exceeded expectations and the person giving the tour was very informative but not condescending - recommended.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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thedame72's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Our family goes regularly to Carter's especially during the school holidays when they run great activities! My kids love all the interactive displays which they can touch. We love the underground plate which rumbles when you stand at the rocket launch site and the endeavour rises into the sky!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in May 2012

LizM's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Carter Observatory is a great educational experience for the whole family. The entry fee is fair and includes entry to the exhibition, a planetarium show and viewing through the Thomas Cooke Telescope (during the evenings). The staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

Highlights include an excellent range of shows in the planetarium, interactive displays and lots of interesting information about the stars. The Tuhura Module - an area set up like the inside of a space station - is a favourite for my children. They also enjoy watching videos of rockets launching, touching a piece of the moon and feeling heavy meteorites.

The annual pass (StarPass) is a great option. It pays for itself after only 2-3 visits. This has enabled our family to see all of the planetarium shows - some more than once - and explore the whole facility. Carter also offers excellent special events. Most of which are free for Star Pass holders. We attended an event based around the Transit of Venus earlier this year which gave us all a better understanding of this unusual event. We also visited during the recent partial solar eclipse.

For tourists the observatory is a great family option that can easily be tied in with a trip to the Botanical Gardens, Cable Car and Cable Car Museum.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago