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Address: Picton Foreshore | Picton, Marlborough, Picton, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-573 6030
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00

Meet the Locals at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium.•Nature •Heritage •Explore...

Meet the Locals at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium.•Nature •Heritage •Explore & Learn •Family – Friendly •Affordable •FUNExplore, get up close, have fun discovering some amazing animals that make New Zealand, (the youngest country in the world), Unique!We strive to deliver outstanding, intimate and unique visitor learning experiences. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff help you discover and have fun, showing you some of the cool native animals that live in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. •Little Blue Penguins + Behind the Scenes Tour* of penguin area and Wildlife Rehabilitation Refuge•Tuataras + Close Encounters Tour* with New Zealand’s very rare “living fossil”•Giant Weta (Maori wetapunga - “God of the ugly things”)•Seahorses - tiny baby “ponies” to adult New Zealand pot-bellied seahorses•Giant squid - “Monster of the deep” - preserved 5 metre giant squid•Fish from Marlborough Sounds - sharks, crayfish, rays, octopus, blue cod, snapper many more•Kakariki - endangered native parakeet•Lizards - geckos, skinks, + frogs and turtles in a turtle refuge etc.•Orca and Hectors Dolphin - life size models•Touch pool, children's area, movies, shells, fossils, many highly informative displays. Open every day except Christmas Day

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Great local attraction!

This place is doing great work in the area, and I am proud to have supported it. The little blue penguins were adorable, the large fish tank fascinating and I could have watched... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is doing great work in the area, and I am proud to have supported it. The little blue penguins were adorable, the large fish tank fascinating and I could have watched it for ours, and the lizards and birds were neat to watch. I hope nothing but the best for this place and look forward to seeing it... More 

Thank Gemini_Reno
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place to interact with all sea life, touching in touch pool, patting 🐢 patting the tuatara and the blue tounge lizards. Feeding the fish and watching little blue penguin that are recovering. This place is like when we were kids, staff go out of their way, wheel chair friendly except for one bit but they bring the animals to... More 

Thank WilsonFamilyNz
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Felt like backyard Bobs fish tank. Cruddy, dirty and unimpressed and overpriced. Not sure if they upped they the prices for the cruise ship. A positive, was nice to see the 3 penguins, but they even looked depressed.

Thank JetVortex
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This may not be the prettiest place to visit but the Knowledgeable staff are always on hand ,with the feeding time a big draw and very informative thumbs up

Thank hunslet9
Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

after reading reviews we decided to give the aquarium a visit and to say expensive for what is offered is an understatement. I was interested to see the sea horses as advertised but this was also a disappointment. Save your money and visit the Auckland aquarium which is fantastic for all which we happened to visit one week later. Picton... More 

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this aquarium with the kids to see the blue penguins. They were so cute. The aquarium and staff were very informative. Building is very tired and in need of some TLC.

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Swansea County, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We visited on our way back to the ferry. Saw 3 beautiful little blue penguins who had been rescued, they were adorable. Staff were knowledgeable and very nice. Would recommend.

Thank Jayne B
New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

This eco aquarium complete with little blue penguins was brilliant! Because we were waiting for the ferry the cost was half price $25 for 4 people. Small, affordable and fun with little penguins close up, fish, seastars, turtles etc, and a petting pool (although not a good idea as it encourages people to touch these creatures in the wild) A... More 

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Foxton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

we got there by chance 10 minutes before feeding time. So if you can plan it be there either shortly before 11am or 2pm. You will only only be there for the feeding, but you basically get a tour of the aquarium and pet a tuatara.

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Katherine, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This was a great place to find out about NZ marine life and get up close. You not only looked through glass at the contents but also from above. There was a mantra ray fish in one tank with other huge fish, swimming around and coming to the surface to be fed. The video of the Giant Squid search was... More 

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