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Port Marsden Oil Refinery Visitor Center

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Address: Port Marsden Highway, Ruakaka, New Zealand
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+64 9-432 8194

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Best experience ever!

Best place to take kids. Lets them learn about where oil and gas come from. What the refinery does. What the refinery is.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tania K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to take kids. Lets them learn about where oil and gas come from. What the refinery does. What the refinery is.

Thank Tania K
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

This is a free entrance to quite a large visitors centre. There is a large video screen showing how the crude oil is manufactured in to lots of other products. In the same room there is the biggest model of a complex I have ever seen. It took two men over a year to build. There is lots of videos,... More 

Thank old_romantics_2000
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Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Place to get paddle crabs, fishing and near beach like ruakaka you will enjoy swimming and other water activities!

Thank Francis Raphael C
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 26, 2016

A fascinating place to visit - we were on tour in two coaches - there was plenty of space for everyone and we could have stayed longer. The detailed model with its accompanying video explained the development and workings of the refinery very well. Entry is free.

Thank GrannyG45
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Reviewed September 25, 2016

It was a wet week-end so we were looking for somewhere to entertain our children for a little while, this information centre did that very nicely. It has a detailed model of the refinery, with a video that detailed what different parts of the model was representing, as the video ran the different areas would light up, so I could... More 

Thank JunkmanNZ
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2016

For once we did not drive on through. It was just a 8 km detour from the main highway, and well worth a visit. Entry was free and the lady at the front desk was very helpful and friendly. There were two short video presentation one on searching and drilling for oil and the other a documentary on the process... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 12, 2016

We've seen the development over the years of the Marsden Point refinery and never had the time to check it out before. I'd never even looked it up in Trip Advisor, but knew we should visit it sometime. It's so fascinating that everyone should make sure they take a trip here, if they are in the area. After all it's... More 

Thank Bous13
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

I was a bit lost, stumbled across the NZ Refining/Marsden Point visitors Centre, and thought I'd have a look. The large map of the pipeline from Marsden Point to Auckland was interesting. The displays upstairs explaining how the refining process works were quite detailed and well done. But the model of the refinery (it cost $1 million to make) was... More 

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Foxton Beach, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

This was one of our must do's when visiting northland. It was a really fascinating look at how our petrol is produced. The lady was super friendly and gave good information. This is really a flashback to the industrial problem solving kiwis show.

Thank Juliette D
Maungaturoto, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

It's FREE. It's interesting It's worth it. The scale models are detailed and show what you can't walk around. The videos are worth watching. The information is well presented and informative Worth making the detour to go and see.

Thank abseilor

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