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Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

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Small but very valuable information centre

It is a small centre in its size, but really a very valuable information centre. It is part of... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
santo t
Auckland, New Zealand
Excellent place to learn about sea creatures

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. The touch tank is awesome. Good learning for kids and adults... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
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“marine life”(6 reviews)
The Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre educates visitors about the marine environment & the research activities of the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Auckland. The interactive displays are great fun & provide a wealth of...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
160 Goat Island Road, Leigh, Auckland 0985, New Zealand
+(64)923 3645
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It is a small centre in its size, but really a very valuable information centre. It is part of Auckland University Marine Science Campus or Field Laboratory. Visitors can see plenty of posters, displays, preserved fish and bones, and a real saltwater touch tank where...More

Thank santo t
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. The touch tank is awesome. Good learning for kids and adults. Reasonable entry fees.

Thank MelW692
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Spent a lovely hour checking out the displays and exploring the live creatures in the tank. Staff answered our endless questions and were extremely knowledgeable and eager to share information. Recommended for all ages.

1  Thank Robyn M
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

It was a nice experience, but I expected more for the price. The price should be lower or more to see.

Thank susanjusan
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Fantastic center especially the touch tank. Interesting talk pitched just right for our group. Plenty to see and do.

1  Thank HelenYorke
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Could do with a lot more live exhibits. It was very disappointing - cold on an Easter Saturday - too cold to sit and look at the films playing. At $9- it is probably twice the price it should be

Thank Hans O
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Our four year old really enjoyed the centre. Very interactive with a great opportunity to learn. The microcsope was our favourite. Thanks to the staff.

2  Thank MirandaC853
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Run by University of Auckland. The staff (maybe students?) were very friendly and would patiently answer questions. Loads of information for kids to learn.

2  Thank Sunny W
Reviewed 11 January 2017

You need to pay but I found it very interesting. The staff was enthusiastic about the research and ready to add more detail to what was on display.

2  Thank Verryd
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This place is a must see when going to Goat Island Marine Reserve. For $20 family pass, it is well worth the money. Staff were very friendly and patient with my inquisitive children.

2  Thank xtne
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