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Astronomy Centre

1200 square metres. $11M multimedia astronomy centre. One revolutionary dark sky adventure.


This 1200m2, $11M state of the art multimedia indoor astronomy centre is proudly home to the newly restored 125 year old Brashear telescope.

The build itself was complex, with its unique structure of curved walls, telescope dome, and installation of the Brashear. Careful forecasting and planning ensured that Cook Brothers Construction meet and complete these complex construction details to the client's requirements. This joint venture between the Dark Sky Project co-founders and Ngāi Tahu Tourism now serves as an impressive year-round day and night interactive experience, connecting visitors to the life of New Zealand’s amazing night sky through science and tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy).

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