Meet amazing Marlborough Sounds creatures up close

Touch our rare living dinosaur (Tuatara - can live up to 250 years)

Get close to rescued Little Penguin*, native fish and more

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Get up close and discover some of the amazing animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds.   EcoWorld’s knowledgeable staff share with you outstanding, intimate animal experiences with our animals that have been rescued, donated or bred by us.

New Zealand is a Biological Ark.  80% of New Zealand's native species are found nowhere else on Earth.  Most of EcoWorld’s animals come from the  Marlborough Sounds whose nearshore rocky reefs are diverse, capable of endless surprise, murky, cold and difficult to visit.  Rocky reefs are haven for rare and endangered species which contributes to their fascination which we share with you.”   John Reuhman  Director

•Tuataras - New Zealand’s very rare “living dinosaur”

 •Little Blue Penguins - wildlife rehabilitation refuge

•Yellow Kakariki - endangered parrots, breeding & release •Seahorses - New Zealand pot-bellied seahorses

 •Giant Squid - “Monster of the deep” - (preserved 5m) •Red Kakariki - endangered native parrots

•Fish - species from the Marlborough Sounds •Freshwater display with threatened species

•Orca and Hectors Dolphin - life size models •Touch pool, kid’s area, movies, shells, displays etc.

Important Visitor Information

Opening hours                                                        Daily  9.30am-7.30pm Summer.  9.30am-5.30pm Winter

Talks and feeding                                                    11am & 2pm daily

Tours - Close Encounters (up close face to face)*  10am.  12 midday.  1pm.  & 3pm daily

How long for your visit Watch a talk and feeding.   Allow at least 1.5 hours

Access                                                                      Flat. 2 gentle ramp areas.  Easy wheelchair access

Location                                                                    95 metres to the ferry terminal and railway station

Admission Prices  (includes feeding at 11am & 2pm)      •Adult $25

                                                                                           •Child (3-14 years) $13

                                                                                           •Infant (under 3 years) Free

                                                                                            •Family (2 adults & 3 children) $69

                                                                                            •Concession (with ID) & groups $23

Tours Close Encounters*                                                   •Adult  (includes admission) $45

                                                                                           •Child  (includes admission) $29

Groups minimum group size 10 persons

Payment eftpos, credit card, cash

Information and Bookings phone  03 573 6030

PS.   Free Foreshore Heritage Walk guide. Free map of Picton

(*Exhibits may change without notice)

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