An exciting dip into a bold new world of real-time, interactive theatre.

— Dominion Post

Head into outer space on this interactive experience where gaming wizardry plus captivating live action equals high-stakes adventure!

It’s 2034, and you are on the planet Mars. As the engineer in the control room on an international space station, you protect the base’s support systems and power up the next rocket launch. But when a solar flare plunges your community into danger, you must work together to avert disaster. Have you got what it takes to save the day?

From the makers of the popular APOLLO 13: Mission Control which toured the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand, HACKMAN has gathered a top team of game developers, designers and live performers to create Destination Mars.

Seated within a giant dome environment, Destination Mars is a completely immersive experience. Follow crew instructions, attend to your console, or marvel as the action unfolds.

High-tech yet full of heart, this 45-minute experience is the perfect escapism for grown-ups and intrepid kids aged 6+. Family packages are available.

Or secure a seat for the one-off child-free evening session of Destination Mars on Fri 22 April at 7.00pm - doors open at 6.15pm for drinks in Espresso on Level 4.

Saving Mars is bound to work up an appetite, so complete your ‘out of this world’ experience with the Destination Mars cosmic burger from Te Papa's Level 1 cafe. Book here.

From Thursday 14 April the whole of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Orange.

Destination Mars is running at limited capacity.

  • Please wear a mask
  • Please stay home if you are sick, free transfers or refunds are available. Phone Ticketmaster on 0800 111 999.

Taunga Rangawhenua

He wā rānei, i hiahia koe ki te haere ki tuarangi?, ki te wāhi e kīa nei e te pākehā, ko te ‘outer space’.  Koinei te wā! Haere mai ki Tuarangi, ki runga o Rangawhenua (Mars) He tākaro kēmu te mahi, kāore i rerekē i ngā kēmu ka tākarohia i tō wāea pūkoro. Ehara i te tuarangi tūturu, erangi he whakaaturanga toi, ka noho koe ki roto anō nei kei tuarangi koe.

He mea whakahaere tēnei whakaaturanga ki rō whare porowhita nunui (Giant Dome Enviroment), whāia ngā tohutohu ā tō tīma, tiakina tō īpapa, kōrero ki ō hoa, noho noa iho rānei ki te mātakitaki i te ātaahua o ngā mahi.

45 mēneti te roa, haria mai te whānau, ngā tamariki, me 6 tau+

Artistic Credits

Created by
HACKMAN - Kip Chapman & Brad Knewstubb

Kip Chapman

Production Designer
Brad Knewstubb

Martyn Wood

Joel Baxendale, Emma Katene, Hannah Kelly, Arlo Gibson & Isadora Lao

Game Development
NZXR - Joe O'Sullivan, Joel Schroyen, James Everett & Emma Middlemiss

Game / Environment Design
Pedro Klein, Nguyen "Sammie" Thuong, Michael Jeon & Rasyiqah Takiyaudin

Sound Designer
Jason Wright

Costume Designer
Sophie Sargent

Lighting Designer
Paul O'Brien

Kalani Dasaman

Set Realisation & Construction
Tāwhiri Workshop

Core partner
Schools Partner
Radio Partner
Thanks to



Te Papa

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Please note: Destination Mars is an immersive theatre performance. It contains loud noises, fast-moving visual effects, and audience interaction. This may not be suitable for those who experience sensory overload.

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Various session times available daily. Adult-only evening session on at Fri 22 Apr 19:00.

Suitable for children 6 years+, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

In person door prices :
Adult $26, Child $16, Concession $21, Family A $53, Family B $75

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