Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Leigh: Address, Phone Number, Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
4.5
Science Museums • Children's Museums
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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 information about the marine environment. The Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre is suitable for all ages and makes for a great family day out.
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1-2 hours
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JaneB57
Whangarei, New Zealand36 contributions
A gem for both of us
Oct 2020
For a 5 and 65 year old duo this place was equally enthralling and we struggled to leave, which was only due to being very hungry. Lots of fine memories, we are returning soon.
Written 30 October 2020
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Foodie4food
212 contributions
Elderly parents
Aug 2020 • Couples
This was such a wonderful morning outing for my elderly and mobility impaired parents !
Their is a disabled park right outside the facility making this on a wet and windy day such an easy activity .
They loved the large simple signage and activities and said the trip a highlight of our weekend in Omaha .
Would be super fun for families with younger children 5+ with some hands on exploratory fun ,and I still wish we had somehow managed to get a photo of ourselves in the very cute “shark jaws” bean bags !
Staff in hand were very understanding and engaged in sharing and helping with further information . A definite must .
Other visits up here usually see us take a active short coastal walk again which would burn up some time and energy with young ones .
Written 1 August 2020
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Emily D
New Zealand7 contributions
Much better than we expected
Jan 2020
Small but well presented building full of interactive displays and information. We may have been lucky to visit at a good time because we were there when a temporary resident octopus was being fed. We took our kids aged 6 and 9 before we went out snorkeling and it was a good compliment to that experience. We ended up staying much longer than I thought we would.
Written 5 February 2020
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Meander17038434384
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Excellent - A geat place to visit for all ages.
Jul 2019
I brought a large group of seniors up from Auckland. There was something for everyone. It was a very wet day, but there was a warm welcome and lots to see and talk about. We enjoyed the talking with the friendly young marine biologists, and learnt a lot about the ecology of the local coastline. The only complaint on the way home was that everyone wished that they could have stayed longer. Many are already planning a return visit with grandchildren. This is a great place for a visit.
Written 25 August 2019
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Bob F
Machu Picchu, Peru159 contributions
Very interesting
Jan 2019 • Couples
Excellent insights into the research activities. Good place to take children to help them understand the importance of our seas.
Written 21 January 2019
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Tracey C
6 contributions
Goat Island marine discovery centre
Jan 2019 • Family
Reasonably priced at $27 for 2ad, 3chn. Small building but so informative. So much for all the kids (9-16yrs) to do, the microscope with live and dead items was a fave. Friendly staff who immediately came out to the touch tank and gave a very informative talk on all it’s marine life and aut research. Kids loved watching the octopus open a container and looking at the carpet sharks i side their eggs. Alot of places don’t give kids the time of day but here staff were patient, enthusiastic and answered the millions of questions they had.
Written 11 January 2019
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aurelie
1 contribution
Awesome
Dec 2018 • Solo
A great crew, my first diving in NZ. Goat Island is amazing and beautiful. We saw a lot of fish, easy with briefing before, 12 meter, 75". Thank you
Written 17 December 2018
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Chloe Dune
1 contribution
Jam-packed with information perfect for curious ocean lovers.
Oct 2018 • Friends
We spent a couple of hours poring over the really interesting information, and it helped us to understand what we were seeing on the beach and in the water. Perfect for those into marine biology, exploring all the exhibits, and really cool fun facts. Not recommended for the impatient + uncurious. We were fine with paying, fees were reasonable, we got way more value than we paid for.
Written 25 November 2018
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santo t
Auckland, New Zealand7,413 contributions
Small but very valuable information centre
Mar 2018 • Couples
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 approx 19 creatures live. A really good place to introduce children about different kind and type of marine life, food chain, human pollution and its effects to the marine creatures and how we can save the sea by reducing the harmful effects of it. Location approx 100m from the beach front going uphill through the walkway. Entry with tickets.
Written 3 April 2018
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Aqua family
Auckland, New Zealand21 contributions
Excellent place to learn about sea creatures
Nov 2017 • Family
Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The touch tank is awesome. Good learning for kids and adults. Reasonable entry fees.
Written 10 January 2018
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