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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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Informative tour at feeding time

We spent an hour so at the aquarium and our tour guide Ben, was fantastic. He is very knowledgable and clearly passionate about all the wildlife at the aquarium. The work they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2016
Marcia W
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Katherine, Australia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank aussiecatwoman
Mareeba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Picton as part of our cruise package on Ovation of the seas and absolutely loved the little town. The little blue penguins were doing well in the centre and we learned all about there rehabilitation and due release. More funding I think would do some great up grading of the facilities but definitely a must see when visiting... More 

Thank Lena B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stumbled upon the aquarium by accident and I loved it. The aquarium focuses on rescue, rehab and release. The staff were wonderful, very welcoming and knowledgable. The aquarium is well laid out and maintained. A great place to take kids and to teach them about the environment.

Thank Alanna S
Upplands-Vasby, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Little place with cool guides. Fits for kids, bored teen-agers and their parents! I hesitated going there but it absolutely worth! 😍

Thank Jurgita K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We spent an hour so at the aquarium and our tour guide Ben, was fantastic. He is very knowledgable and clearly passionate about all the wildlife at the aquarium. The work they do with the tuatara and also the little blue penguin is great. I would recommend visiting if you are ever in Picton.

Thank Marcia W
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

My young children and I had a fun afternoon here. It is better labelled as a sea animal rescue centre - it can't compete with, say, Kelly Tarlton Aquarium in Auckland, but it exists more to rehabilitate injured sea life. As other reviewers have said, it is a little small, looks a little tired, and the admission price is steep.... More 

Thank TXBewers
Picton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I took my 3year old and 18month grandsons to the aquarium today. On a wet and unpleasant day, it was the most perfect thing to do. They enjoyed the large fish tanks specially as they could clearly see up close all the different fish swimming around as well as the penguin. We did not stay for feeding but they were... More 

Thank NigelSue42
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We were fortunate to arrive at the afternoon feeding time of 2pm and enjoy handling tuatara reptiles and watch them slowly devour a weeks meal of one cricket. The hand feeding of the short tailed ray followed by a feeding frenzy among other fish species was really special. This is much more than an aquarium. There is a heavy emphasis... More 

Thank GrahamChristchurch
Newcastle, Australia
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92 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Read some dodgy reviews but my daughter wanted to go. Too expensive $58 for 2 adults and 1 infant. Not many exhibits and all suffering wear and tear-all were in pretty bad shape. Interpretative tour was informative but we couldn't leave quickly enough.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

The place is quite small but during feeding time we walked around for about an hour and learned a lot of stuff.. a great way to pass the time till the ferry to the north island.

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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you for your kind review. We at EcoWorld Aquarium really appreciate you taking the time to provide positive feedback and sharing your experiences with other visitors. All our guides and educators are university qualified scientists who take great pride in their work and really appreciate feedback such as yours. We strive to give our visitors outstanding, unique learning... More 

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