New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre
3.5
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Currently closed to the public for renovation, the Research Aquarium (part of the University of Otago) showcases southern New Zealand marine life.
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markfenwick
Featherston, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
By appointment only. This is one of the dream places for a marine person to visit. Full of local information. Loved it.
Written 9 July 2018
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kevingoodwin
Perth, Australia75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
Not having much luck on the peninsula on the day we visited. The albatross centre couldnt be bothered opening until 11,30 the car park stunk and was covered in bird poo so we came her. No luck either, closed due to an assessment of earthquake risk ! ! Certainly a first for me that one.
Written 17 February 2016
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Unfortunately there is no plan to rebuild a public aquarium at Portobello. The good news is that the NZ Marine Studies Centre is open for pre-booked school groups who do get to see the animals that we hold in the Centre as part of the education programme. We can also tailor our programmes for adult groups, so if anyone reading this is looking from a group point of view, please check out our website and get in touch!
Written 22 February 2016
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Troy M
Port Chalmers, New Zealand30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
I loved this place as a kid, and it's nice to see all the work which has gone into it. Brilliant place to bring the kids to explore
Written 17 July 2015
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Thank you for your lovely comments. Unfortunately the aquarium is still closed to the public and no decision has been made as yet by the University about when or where to rebuild. However, the NZ Marine Studies Centre is still open for pre-booked school groups, so many youngsters are still getting hands-on, close-up viewing of our amazing marine life!
Written 19 July 2015
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Charlotte2654
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
Me and my brother loved it apart from the drive it was a bit long but the view was amazing and when we got to feed the fish it was cool. We both wish it would reopen rather soon.
Written 29 May 2014
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Barbara W
Matakana, null, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
real cool, well maintained, interesting fish, nice environment, interesting location, good variety of fish
Written 16 January 2013
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Frinn
Bath, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012
This is actually closed at present to the public as it's being earthquake strengthened, but when it's open it's great. It's quite a drive out there but great for kids once you're there. There are touch pools where kids can feel star fish, etc and they often have feeding time of the various fish. I'm not sure it would be my first choice for adults wthout kids though as there's not actually that much to see. It is MUCH smaller than city aquariums, so don't expect too much!
Written 3 July 2012
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Hi Frinn - Thank you for your review. Being a small research aquarium we often find that adults enjoy it most when they take a guided tour. The University is planning a renovation/rebuild at present, and hopes the Aquarium will reopen in 2013. We are trying to keep visitors informed via our website and email list (details of how to sign up are on the website). We hope that on your next visit to Dunedin you will come and see the improved facility!
Written 4 July 2012
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Goannas
Comet, Qld1,674 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
We were very, very disappointed in this. It seemed very old and tired and grossly overpriced. Kids will probably enjoy the displays where they can touch some of the starfish but other than that I can't suggest any reason for going there.
Written 28 June 2012
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Hi Goannas - I'm not sure when you visited, but the Aquarium closed to the public on 1st June 2012 for renovation. The University is planning a new research Aquarium, due to open in 2013. I hope you will check us out on a future visit to Dunedin.
Written 30 June 2012
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Kelly M
Taos, New Mexico, United States11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
Enjoyed the walk to the aquarium from Portabello and had a good time looking at all of the displays. A great way to spend an afternoon.
Written 14 April 2012
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ChchTravellor
Christchurch4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
I hate to say it but I was so disappointed. We were down for an overnight trip for a concert and this was the one activity I choose to do while we were down. After a reasonable drive to get there it took us about 10 minutes to go round the whole aquarium. Because of the location and the University's involvement I thought it was going to be great but it seemed pretty run down and there really wasn't much to see - a couple of outdoor tanks and small room with various tanks and a touch pool. The staff were friendly and helpful and the entry fee is inexpensive. I am 22 and this didn't impress me but kids might find it fun and as it's small they wouldn't get bored walking round for ages.
Written 10 April 2012
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KIWIKEITH
NEW ZEALAND527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Working aquarium stocked by the university and has a hands on display for young and old.Not a bad effort for small town NZ
Written 15 February 2012
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