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EcoWorld Picton Aquarium
Ranked #13 of 34 things to do in Picton
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Owner description: 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
Tel Aviv, Israel
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111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Our visit was not so good”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

I realize that having a private owned zoo or aquarium is not an easy task. We were not so impressed like the other last reviewers. Two adult from our group, after 10 minutes went out after they saw all the animals. We stay with our young kids for the explanation on the different animals but it was crowded and difficult to see for the young kids. So in general we went out with feeling that it’s not worthwhile the cost.

Visited January 2012
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1 Thank DAG4
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Hi

Thank you for taking time to give feedback on Trip advisor.

We at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium really appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback.

We were a little disappointed that you did have a better experience and did not meet a penguin or touch a tuatara.

As Marlborough's most visited paid for visitor attraction we know from the personal feedbacks and from the many positive comments in our visitors books that we deliver great value for money.

We strive to give our visitors outstanding, unique learning experiences. Our enthusiastic knowledgeable staff help you discover and have fun, sharing with you some of the amazing lives of some of New Zealand's native animals that live in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

Our aim is to give your the best visitor experience possible. When we farewell you we so appreciate the big thank you's and positive feedbacks that it was great a great visit because:

1. "The animals are so cool and visitors appreciate our care of the animals"

2. "Our staff are great hosts and guides and so knowledgeable and we love the stories"

3. "The admission price was very fairly priced, especially the 7 day repeat visit benefit."


We look forward to hosting you again.
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Mount Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Loved it”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Our whole family loved the aquarium the animal feed time was great, the talk was both educational and entertaining. Only one sugestion the uniforms needed looked a bit tatty and one guy was wearing what looked like a picton promotional group uniform it took me a while to work out he was staff.

Visited February 2012
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3 Thank James H
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, March 25, 2012
Hi. Thank you for your feedback and comments. Please accept my apologies for the state of some of the staff uniforms. As we are actively interacting with the animals throughout the day we do tend to end up up with some muck on our clothes. We do do our best to keep ourselves as clean as possible but sometimes we do slip up.
I was the person in the blue shirt with the logos "Coolest Little Port in the World - Picton". I also act as a Picton Ambassador promoting Picton and all its great features to visitors, especially those arriving off the ferries and cruise ships. I apologise for any confusion but my enthusiasm probably got the better of me and I should have been wearing an EcoWorld shirt behind the admissions counter and my name badge should have been clearly displayed.
Thank you again. We do look forward to hosting you and your friends again.
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UK
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Blue ducks”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

very well stocked acquarium and very knowledgable staff. Good to have so many views of the fish swimming but with so many species together a little difficult for the non-expert to distinguish one from another.

Visited January 2012
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3 Thank walreagis
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, March 25, 2012
Hi.
Thank you for your kind comments which we really appreciate.
We strive to give you our visitors outstanding, intimate and unique learning experiences. Our passionate knowledgeable staff are really dedicated to helping you discover and have fun, showing you some of the cool animals that live in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
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York, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“OK for small children”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

Not very much inside, took about 15 mins to walk around. Fine for small children touch pools etc. 1 very small penguin swimming around in the fish pool.

Visited February 2012
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Thank sue_hendry22
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EcoWorldNZ, Manager at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, May 13, 2012
Hi. Thank you for your feedback and comments. We try to encourage as many people as we can to come to one of our feeding presentations that adds to the experience for children and adults alike.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful Interactive and Informative Aquarium”
Reviewed February 3, 2012

Great Aquarium with lots involved. Fish, turtles, touch pool, Tuatara, penquin, Informative talks and feeding sessions. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Visited February 2012
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4 Thank Dee20202
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, March 25, 2012
Hi.
Thank you for your kind comments which we really appreciate.
We strive to give you our visitors outstanding, intimate and unique learning experiences. Our passionate knowledgeable staff are really dedicated to helping you discover and have fun, showing you some of the cool animals that live in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
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