Te Awamutu Space Centre

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An inspiring educational attraction for all ages. Experience the world of space and astronomy through displays and interactive activities. Our centrepiece exhibit is a small but fascinating collection of artifacts from the American and Russian/Soviet space programmes. You'll also find informative displays about the Universe, the history of space exploration and scientific research. Use the interactive screens to see what's in the night sky, tour the Solar System, create your own orbital systems and more. Watch videos, ask us questions and just hang out chatting about space. We also have a small space shop featuring new and secondhand items.
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Karen+Garth
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May 2022 • Family
We were very impressed from the moment we walked in -something for everyone! The kids leapt at chance for a free ride in space rocket. Then they loved the different challenges to earn a Space Badge. Plenty of hands on learning for all ages. The best was saved til last was using the 3D glasses to experience Space itself. Lots of loud squealing/ooo aging/ laughing as they “flew through Space”.
We spent about 1hr 45m and could have stayed longer without the children getting bored.
Highly recommend this as a place to visit. Thanks to Space Dave for providing such a wonderful experience.
Written 6 May 2022
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Eden C
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Feb 2022 • Friends
Great day out! Learnt a whole lot of extra things today which was a wonderful bonus! Dave was an excellent host, explained lots and really made us feel like a valued group!
Thanks heaps for the great experience!
Written 6 February 2022
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Daniel Petersen
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Jan 2022 • Family
This place was sooo much fun! I got to earn a badge, play some games and take some photos in an astronaut suit! There was so much information about space, and rockets i loved it! I can’t wait to come back, I highly recommend this to everyone. Space Dave was so friendly and knowledgeable:)
Written 13 January 2022
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scott d
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Dec 2021
Absolute must do! We made a special trip and were not disappointed. Space Dave is super knowledgeable and took time to answer our young enthusiasts questions.
Thank you Space Dave. He's a legend in NZ and throughout the world thanks to his commitment to zooming through the night to show our Southern Skies to those in the Northern Hemisphere.
Written 31 December 2021
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T Davidson
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Dec 2021 • Family
You can definitely see this collection is built out of a real love for all things space related. This place is crammed with fascinating items such as a sleeping bag that was used on an old Soviet space station, A graphite rocket nozzle that was used on a small sounding rocket in Norway, Rocketlab mission patches, and a collection of Soviet mission badges from the space race. The museum is incredibly interactive with many different interactive displays and live video feeds including from the International Space Station. Dave is full of knowledge and is more than happy to answer any questions you have about the collection. The museum also has activities and space related toys for children of all ages, and has a VR space tour for whoever is interested.
The Museum is a must see, even if you are just passing though Hamilton it is worth going out of your way to give it a visit. I highly recommend, I have been here a few times and still plan on visiting again in the future.
Written 20 December 2021
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Michelle G
Hamilton, New Zealand38 contributions
Apr 2021 • Business
My class visited the space centre today and had an absolutely fantastic time. They learnt so much from Dave and really enjoyed exploring. The virtual reality goggles and the interactive aspects were particularly well liked. We are so lucky to have this gem in Kihikihi!
Written 19 May 2021
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nparagreen
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Apr 2021 • Friends
It might not look like much on the outside but this place is genuinely amazing. Heaps of interactive activities, interesting facts and exhibits. Well worth stopping in.
Written 4 April 2021
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Jill
4 contributions
Apr 2021
Wow! If you are coming through Kihikihi don't miss this attraction. There is so much of interest for everyone here. Adults and kids alike can stay entertained for quite some time and the VR experience is tons of fun.
There are live feeds from the space station and satellites in space (which was my favourite thing) and cute little films of the astronauts on the space station showing how they eat and even wash their hair.
Hard to believe this little museum is in such a small town. Dave the owner is a font of information but doesn't interfere with your experience. This is the real deal!
Written 1 April 2021
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Kikki
Auckland, New Zealand320 contributions
Nov 2020
What a surprise! It's not Kennedy Space Centre but it's packed full of interesting artifacts, models, explanations, live feeds, interactive displays and even a VR tour of space.
Highly recommend for all ages. too much reading for the little ones but lots of video, buttons to push, toys to play with and dress-ups for a fabulous family photo.
Great gift shop for Christmas shopping for the science buff in your family too.
Written 15 November 2020
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LifesABeach
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Oct 2020 • Family
We had a great time at the space centre today. The kid's are still talking about the virtual reality google space flight. Heaps to do and interesting for all ages.
Written 4 October 2020
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