Visit the historic Dominion Observatory where New Zealand’s time was determined using astronomical observations, a gun battery was built to ward off the threat of Russian invasion, and the site of New Zealand’s first seismic research.
Built in 1907, this Edwardian Baroque style building is a fine example of our historic heritage after receiving a facelift in 2003 which included earthquake strengthening, structural repairs and refitting.
Situated in Wellington’s Botanic Gardens the wider site includes the cable car, views over Wellington City and the harbour, a World War One German Krupp gun, and Space Place at the Carter Observatory.
No booking is required.
Location: Wellington Botanic Gardens, 34 Salamanca Road, Wellington.
Follow one of the many tracks through the Botanic Gardens or catch the cable car from Lambton Quay and follow the signs.