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“surprisingly well equipped”

EcoWorld Picton Aquarium
Ranked #13 of 35 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
Essen, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“surprisingly well equipped”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

This place is cinema and aquarium in one. The aquarium has a great variety of fish and other beings, and we were very impressed to find that they even take care of wounded or orphaned little blue penguins. Very good!

Visited January 2014
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Thank Menno G
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Hi

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

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

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.

John Reuhman
Director.
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Small and friendly”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I haven't been to an aquarium for years but it reminds me of the days you could get up close to the sea life and this is no different. There was a lot to see including birds and other species. My teenage daughter wanted to go and she was very happy with the experience. Thank you and keep up the good work

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Thank Dayle S
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Thank you for taking time to give feedback on Trip advisor.

We at EcoWorld Aquarium really appreciate your positive feedback.

We do strive to give our visitors outstanding, unique learning experiences in what at times can be challenging circumstances dealing with wild animals.

Our aim is to give you the best visitor experience possible.

When we farewell you we so appreciate the big thank you's and positive feedbacks that it was 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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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“What a surprise”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

What a surprise this visit turned out to be. The aquarium is well laid out and our guide knew what he was talking about. You were allowed to take photgraphs if the flash was turned off and we got some good ones as they fed the fish in the oped tanks. With lizards and small animals thrown in, all in all a very good place to visit and in such a pretty place.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank MargW1949
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
Hi

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

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

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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Westport, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Aquarium Visit”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

arrived just before feeding time at 11am, the young guy was really knowledgeable and great to listen to. the kids from other tour parties really enjoyed it also and he let them touch a few of the animals. Well worth the time and money at feeding times

Visited November 2013
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Thank AllenMorrisWPTNZ
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Hi

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

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

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.

John Reuhman
Director.
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great while you wait for the ferry”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

The aquarium is small and nothing extraordinary, but it is a great place to while away some time while waiting for the ferry. It is also a bit expensive, but discounts are available upon presentation of your ferry ticket (on the day of your travel). Our daughters (3- and 4-year old) really enjoyed the visit and the displays were interesting for us adults. It could do with a few more things in the touch tank. On the plus side, we got to see 2 tuataras! It's a bit of a Cinderella place, but OK.

Visited October 2013
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1 Thank natleamy
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EcoWorldNZ, Owner at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Hi

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

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

We were a little disappointed that you did nmot 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.

John Reuhman
Director
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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