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Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

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Excellent insights into the research activities. Good place to take children to help them... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Goat Island marine discovery centre

Reasonably priced at $27 for 2ad, 3chn. Small building but so informative. So much for all the kids... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2019
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
160 Goat Island Road, Leigh, Auckland 0985, New Zealand
+(64)923 3645
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent insights into the research activities. Good place to take children to help them understand the importance of our seas.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bobf222
Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TraceyC2275
Reviewed 17 December 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Aurellillie
Reviewed 25 November 2018

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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CuriouserWanders
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

Date of experience: March 2018
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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.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  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.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Kikki0
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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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.

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank HYNZ
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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Hans O
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