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Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

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160 Goat Island Road, Leigh, Auckland 0985, New Zealand
+(64)923 3645
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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
Mel W
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Great hands on learning for all ages

Spent a lovely hour checking out the displays and exploring the live creatures in the tank. Staff... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
Kinuck
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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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“touch tank” (4 reviews)
“sea creatures” (3 reviews)
“octopus” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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160 Goat Island Road, Leigh, Auckland 0985, New Zealand
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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 Mel W
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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 Kinuck
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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
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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.

1  Thank HelenYorke
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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
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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 Miranda C
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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
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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
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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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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

1  Thank Lunalacrima
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