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Venue Hire

Enjoy individual attention in the tranquil setting of Wellington's Botanic Garden at Carter Observatory.

Within 5 minutes walk of the CBD, located at the top of Wellington's iconic Cable Car, guests can enjoy natural light, amazing views, and a unique atmosphere - all in a world-class visitor experience dedicated to celebrating the stories of the Southern Skies.

Day or night, Carter will provide a professional team, committed to excellence in customer care and event management.

As well as our multimedia exhibition and the digital full-dome Pelorus Trust Planetarium, activities such as stargazing using Carter's historic Thomas Cooke telescope can be built into day or evening packages.

A small kitchen is available on site and Carter can recommend caterers to suit your style and budget.

Carter's spaces can accommodate up to 180 people. Whether it is for colleagues, friends or family, Carter can help you achieve an event that is out of this world!

Available every day (except Tuesday or Saturday evenings), 8.30am - 11.00pm. Accessible for wheelchairs.

If you are interested in talking to us about hiring Carter please download this Enquiry Form and email it to

For information on Carter spaces and other venue hire facilities available ar other Wellington Museums trust facilities download our brochure here.

We can guarantee a starry sky!

Contact details

phone: +64 4 910 3140

Carter Observatory, PO Box 893, Wellington 6140

See a map of how to find us