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Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

670 Manukau Road | One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
+64 9-624 1246
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Small planetarium, recommend a show!

More a planetarium than an observatory. It's in Auckland so the light pollution makes any stars... read more

Reviewed March 16, 2018
RussianAllAround
via mobile
Worth it and the some.

Getting to the Stardome was quick and very easy. We got there early and walked around the few... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2018
Keilisi F
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Experience the unique wonders of New Zealand’s southern hemisphere night sky at Stardome. Discover the history and significance to New Zealanders of prominent constellations like the Southern Cross and Matariki, in a live presentation. The sky of the Southern Hemisphere contains beautiful star clusters, gas cloud nebulae and star patterns that can only be seen from this latitude. Experience the unique wonders of New Zealand’s southern night sky at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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670 Manukau Road | One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland Central, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
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+64 9-624 1246
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

More a planetarium than an observatory. It's in Auckland so the light pollution makes any stars difficult to see. Boyfriend and I have been spoiled by some brilliant observatories, but we loved the animations and graphics of the planetarium! We learned so much about the...More

Thank RussianAllAround
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Stardome O, Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hiya - thanks so much for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed seeing the southern skies! Keep looking up :)

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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Getting to the Stardome was quick and very easy. We got there early and walked around the few exhibits. They were informative even though they have seen better days. Then the presentation began and the value soared. The presentation was concise, filled with humor, moved...More

Thank Keilisi F
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Stardome O, Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Hi Kelisi - thanks for your feedback, we're so glad you had a stellar time. Keep looking up!

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Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

I really wanted to love this but I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting lots of bright colors for the laser light show but the images on the screen were mostly brown and Grey and didn't always seem to fit with the music. The...More

Thank Jea M
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Stardome O, Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2018

Hi Jea, thank you for your feedback. We're sorry that your experience wasn't as good as you had hoped - and it certainly is not the kind of experience we endeavour to give our visitors! This has been passed on to our team and we...More

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Reviewed February 18, 2018

I went to the night sky show at 8pm in February and it was well worth it. $15 NZD for about an hour and a half where there is a hosted show about everything in the night sky. The host was very knowledgeable and the...More

Thank RachaelR17
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Stardome O, Marketing & Communications Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2018

HI Rachael - thanks for your feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed yourself! We will pass your feedback on to the team. Keep looking up!

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Reviewed January 27, 2018

Good way to see the stars of the southern hemisphere. They had stargazing but we were there on a cloudy night. They give out rainchecks but we couldn't fit it in again. The Stars of the Southern hemisphere lecture was fun and well done. The...More

Thank Nathan M
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Stardome O, other at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2018

Hi Nathan - thanks for your feedback! We'll pass it on to the team.

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Reviewed January 23, 2018

something we had always wanted to do, didn't disappoint. lots of information and very helpful informative staff

Thank Karen M
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Stardome O, other at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2018

Glad you enjoyed your visit! Keep looking up!

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

An amazing place to visit. Very informative for children of all ages. Everything is explained in a way that children of all ages will learn something about planets.

Thank 416rond
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Stardome O, Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2018

Thanks for the feedback! Keep looking up!

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was absolutely bucketing down with very heavy rain that night so we were given non expiry rain check tickets to return to see through the telescopes on a clear night. However, other than that, the show "Beyond our Galaxy"...More

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Stardome O, Marketing & Communications Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2018

Thansk for the feedback - keep looking up!

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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Purchased a grab one voucher to go and experience the Stardome and was utterly impressed! Had a great night learning about the stars

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Stardome O, Marketing and Communciations Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2018

Thanks for the feedback - we're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Keep looking up!

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Reviewed January 9, 2018

The inside of the observatory and the displays are not that big, but go and see one of the shows and you will not be disappointed.

Thank 422iana
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Stardome O, Marketing & Communications Manager at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

Thanks for the feeback - glad you enjoy the shows! Keep Looking up!

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