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EcoWorld Picton Aquarium

#13 of 35 things to do in Picton Features Animals
Picton Foreshore | Picton, Marlborough, Picton, New Zealand
+64 3-573 6030
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Not the best but a good Picton time-killer

What do you do when waiting for ferries in picton? The aquarium of course. Wasn't great value for... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
Kakanui, New Zealand
Needs a big clean

Not going to be in a hurry to go back Maybe if they gave it a make over and dropped the price i... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible14%
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Picton Foreshore | Picton, Marlborough, Picton, New Zealand
+64 3-573 6030
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

What do you do when waiting for ferries in picton? The aquarium of course. Wasn't great value for money but worth a visit if you're killing time with kids.

Thank DanieWigzell
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Not going to be in a hurry to go back Maybe if they gave it a make over and dropped the price i would go again.

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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Not a bad little place. I'm not sure what people expect when everything clearly indicates this is a rehab sanctuary for penguins. There was one sad little penguin who was preening himself under a lamp. Yes he/she was alone and looked sad but given the...More

1  Thank Samhain73
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We had some time to fill in, so we decided to visit this place. IT IS NOT worth $24 entry fee, it would not be worth $4. It is small and only has a few fish and a stingray in a small tank. One poor...More

2  Thank catchfab
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

A suburb free venue. Learnt a lot about whaling and sealion hunting in early New Zealand history. Do you know that whales started out on land and then de-evolved back to sea mammals

Thank jameel r
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank Chris L
Reviewed 20 April 2017 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.

4  Thank Lyndal C
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 April 2017 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.

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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...More

5  Thank DebiPauljaxson-123
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...More

5  Thank Maudie B
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