About the Space Centre

Te Awamutu Space Centre is 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 have a small space shop featuring new and secondhand items.

We have weather-dependent options such as telescope viewing, including a solar telescope for safely looking at the surface of the Sun. We also visit schools and provide guest-speaking services.

To visit the Space Centre you can come to a public open day, book seats at one of our special events, or book a private session. See our calendar for details.

Venue & Location

The building has one main room and several smaller rooms. We can accommodate up to 60 people for group bookings.

The Space Centre is located on the corner of Lyon St (State Highway 3) and Whitmore St., Kihikihi. This is about 5 km south of Te Awamutu. More details...

Toilets: 1 male, 1 female. The female toilet doubles as the disabled toilet.

Parking: Either on the road or on the grass beside the building (see map).

The Space CentreInteractive ScreensDave giving a tourSchool visitISS DisplayEvening session

The space centre is a privately-funded project run by Dave Owen and his family. It has been a work in progress since around 2009 and has enjoyed slow but steady growth in that time. See previous media coverage of the Space Centre.