- Visiting Us
Planetarium shows, prices, and how to find us
- Book Now
- Opening Hours
- What to Expect
- Planetarium Shows
Planetarium shows currently playing at Carter Observatory
- Star Pass Membership
- Carter's Gift Shop
- How to Find Us
Map and directions to Carter Observatory located in Wellington Botanic Garden
- Accessibility to Carter
Information on accessibility at Carter Observatory
- Adopt a Star
This page outlines Carter Observatorys Adopt a Star Programme
- Language Translation
Carter Observatory's exhibition in your language
- About Us
Our heritage and our people
What's coming up
- Venue Hire
Corporate events & birthday parties
School programmes and resources
- Contact Us
Various ways you can contact the team at Carter Observatory
How to Find Us
Carter Observatory is located in Wellington's beautiful Botanic Garden at the top of the Cable Car.
Carter is a 2 minute walk from the top of the Cable Car, 5 minutes walk from the Botanic Garden's Playground, 8 minutes from the Treehouse Visitor Centre and an easy walk along Upland Road, Kelburn.
Public parking is available at the pay and display car park located at the top of the Cable Car next to the Skyline on Upland Road.
The map above shows you driving directions to Carter Observatory from the Wellington Railway Station.
Please Note: the ONLY parking available at the front entrance to Carter Observatory is for disabled parking placard holders. Access is via the road on the left side of the Met Service Office located on Salamanca Road.
Go Wellington Buses
The nearest bus stop to Carter is Upland Road at Glasgow Street, Stop 5916 or Stop 4916, which are served by bus routes 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, and 47. From either stop, follow Upland Road to the Botanic Garden entrance, and follow the signs to Carter.
John's Hop On Hop Off City Tour
HOP ON and HOP OFF at 18 of Wellington’s best sights and attractions to see Wellington the way YOU want to! The two-hour scenic loops depart from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre hourly and stops at the top of the Cable Car ~ it's another great way to get to Carter Observatory.
Adult - $39.00; Child (14 & under) - $20.00. Passes valid for 24 hours.
Please see their website for further details: www.hoponhopoff.co.nz.
Wellington Cable Car
Please note the Cable Car terminus at the summit is currently under refurbishment.
The Cable Car is running normally but the terminus at the top is a building site. It is perfectly safe to enter and exit but the entry doors onto the Cable Car are reduced during construction.
This project is due for completion in mid December.
The Cable Car runs every 10 minutes between the following times:
Monday to Friday: 7am – 10pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 10pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 9am – 10pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Cable Car Fares:
Adult: $4.00 one-way, $7.00 return
Child 5 – 15 years of age: $1.50 one-way, $2.50 return
Child under 5: free
Family of 2 adults and up to 4 children: $17.00 return
Student: $1.50 one-way, $2.50 return
The Cable Car also offers multi-trip cards.
Please see their website for details: http://www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz/