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Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

#4 of 5 things to do in Leigh Features Animals
160 Goat Island Road, Leigh 0985, New Zealand
+(64)923 3645
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Meet the octopus

Fantastic center especially the touch tank. Interesting talk pitched just right for our group... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Auckland Region, New Zealand
via mobile

Could do with a lot more live exhibits. It was very disappointing - cold on an Easter Saturday... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“octopus” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
160 Goat Island Road, Leigh 0985, New Zealand
+(64)923 3645
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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.

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 kiwi572014
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.

1  Thank Miranda C
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.

1  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.

1  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.

1  Thank xtne
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

It was a pretty rainy day and we were searching for some indoor activities to do. To come here was probably the best decision we could have made. We were welcomed warmly. It was really interesting getting to know about the inhabitants of the sea...More

Thank Lunalacrima
Reviewed 3 December 2016

We arrived only 30 minutes before the centre's posted closing times and had it practically to ourselves. Fun exhibits and really, really good for kids – especially the giant microscope and the touch tank, where staff member Chris made us confident enough to plunge in...More

Thank frontier152
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Great way to spend some time while up in Leigh. The center is well curated, the staff is helpful and informative, and the touch tank is always fun! Would recommend if you're visiting Goat Island or Leigh!

Thank Meg_alodon24
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We were received by young exiting vibrant students sharing their knowledge with us. The tanks were awesome

Thank PakirBeachHP
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