”Meet the Locals” at EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - Touch a Tuatara, New Zealand's living fossil. Get Up Close to a Penguin*. Have fun discovering amazing animals that live in New Zealand, “the youngest land in the world”.*
EcoWorld’s knowledgeable staff strive to give you an outstanding, up close experience with our animals. We help you discover and better understand some of New Zealand's amazing native animals that live in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
EcoWorld is home to many different fish species from the Marlborough Sounds, as well as ancient Tuatara, the mystical Seahorse and the Little Blue Penguins* as part of EcoWorld's Rehabilitation Centre. Once recovered we release the penguins, and other species such as the Giant Weta, lizards and Kakariki* into their natural habitat.
Guided Tours 11am and 2pm. Time your visit with our guided tours at 11am and 2pm for approximately 45 minutes.
EcoWorld's Admission Pass valid for 7 days from purchase. You can have lots of family fun with EcoWorld's 7 day pass which means you can come back and visit your favourite animals for a whole week.
✓nature ✓wildlife ✓heritage ✓explore & Learn ✓family – friendly ✓affordable ✓FUN
(*Exhibits are subject to change without notice)
•Child (3 to 14 years) $13
•Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children) $72
•Senior (over 65 with NZ Gold Card) $23
•Student (with NZ ID) $23
Close Encounters Tour
•Adult $52 (minimum 2 Adults or $104)
•Child (3 to 14 years) $40
(includes admission price)
Tours at: 10am 12 midday 1pm 3pm
Open daily 10am & last admissions at 5:15pm
Open every day (364 days of the year)
Closed Christmas Day
Feeding Times and Tours
Feeding times and guided tours are included in the Admission price and are daily at 11am and 2pm for approximately 30-45mins.
Get up close to a Tuatara and learn about these living fossils then follow your guide for further information and feeding of generally the Turtles, Spotties, Rock pool and Shallows tank.
Get up close to a Tuatara and learn about these living fossils then follow your guide for further information and feeding of generally the Crayfish, Turtles, Rockpool and Main tank with the Sting ray.
Close Encounters Tour
Run daily on demand for groups of up to 14 people at 10am, 12pm, 1pm & 3pm and run for approximately 1 hour.
A guide will take you around the Aquarium to chat about our animals while letting you get up close with Tuatara, Kakariki, Turtles, and others. You will also get to see out the back into our rehabilitation and breeding centre, learn about what we do and meet any patients we currently have in our care.