Carter Observatory - Wellington
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Located in Wellington's beautiful Botanic Gardens, the Carter Observatory takes visitors on a trip to the stars. The observatory is the longest serving observatory in New Zealand, having first opened its doors in 1941.
Today, the state of the art planetarium screens a range of space related movies, before one of the observatory's astronomers gives a presentation based on the night sky for the date of the visit.
In the rest of the observatory, an exhibition takes visitors on a trip through time and space, looking at how the universes began, whether there might be life on other planets and space exploration. The exhibitions also explain more about the role stars play in the Maori culture.
Many of the exhibits are interactive making it a great choice for a family day out. On late night opening, the observatory's telescope is available for public use to give a first-hand glimpse of the stars.
The observatory provides a unique setting for a corporate event, and can be hired in part or in full depending on group size. The venue can hold up to 60 seated guests, or 180 for a standing function and speakers and star gazing sessions can be organised.
The observatory has a number of small rooms suitable for meetings or conferences that are fully equipped with technology for presentations and speeches. The Planetarium can be used as a dining space with the stars providing a stunning overhead view.