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EcoWorld Picton Aquarium

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Address: Picton Foreshore | Picton, Marlborough, Picton, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 6030
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09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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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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Didn't feel it was worth $24 per adult. We thought that the blue penguin was stuffed until it blinked! Tanks could have done with a clean.

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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place for children to interact and see sea animals and other reptiles, The guide was relaxed and knowledgable and seeing the fish being fed was cool for the kids. The option to return on the same ticket is very cool too as the kids just loved returning the following day

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At $24 per adult, it was VERY expensive for what it was. Walked over it twice with in 15 -20 minutes- with a child. Very old and tired looking on the inside. Prices really need to be looked at and lowered.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't feel it was worth $24 per adult. We thought that the blue penguin was stuffed until it blinked! Tanks could have done with a clean.

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was disgusted with the state of all the tanks filthy. we paid a lot of money to see nothing i felt sorry for the one stingray and the poor penguin just wrong. All tanks were dirty and we had finished the whole Aquarium experience in five minutes. Absolute rip off.

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1 Thank DebiPauljaxson-123
Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

I have now read some of the reviews here. I went in to see the Blue Penguins and only saw one shivering on a rock in one of the two large tanks with the many fish species. The penguin looked frightened and shivering. I have no idea why it would be on a rock in with the large fish swimming... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

For the $24 entry price. I expected a bit more for my money! Lots of posters available commercially, tv show, took me half an hour to wander through slowly. Nice to see them working with rehabilitating the blue penguins.

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Thank Annabel62
Whanganui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

I really enjoyed going to the EcoWorld, where they are rescuing injured blue pingouins and fishes in order to reintegrate them to their natural environment as soon as they are healed. They are doing a really good job there, and seem to treat animals with respect. I really liked touching sea stars and see turtles that close. Thanks for this... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

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 

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Reviewed 3 February 2017 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 

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Sydney
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

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.

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