Locals Year Pass for Marlborough Residents

Adult $72 (= 3 admissions)


Child (3-14) $36 (= 3 admissions)


Under 3 FREE

Unlimited Free Entry for a Year 


Touch a Tuatara (Living Fossil).  Have fun discovering amazing animals that live in New Zealand - “the youngest land in the world”

✓ Nature ✓ Wildlife ✓ Heritage ✓ Explore & Learn ✓ Family – friendly ✓ Affordable ✓ FUN

We strive to give you outstanding, intimate experiences. Our knowledgeable staff help you discover and have fun, sharing with you some of New Zealand's amazing native animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds.


Terms & Condition of EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre's Local Year Pass Membership

1. Valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
2. You must present your membership ID to receive free admission to EcoWorld Picton Aquarium. ID may be requested.
3. Your membership is not transferable. Only the person/s named on the membership form and ID may use it.
4. Your membership does not include Guided Tours, “Behind the Scenes”, “Close Up Encounters”, “Penguin Parade” or events.
5. No refunds, exchange or cancellation of EcoWorld Friends Membership.
6. The conditions of entry as displayed in EcoWorld Picton Aquarium admissions area must be adhered to.
7. EcoWorld Picton Aquarium reserves the right to cancel membership if any of these terms or conditions are breached.


* Exhibits may change without notice. EcoWorld Picton Aquarium is Marlborough’s most popular “paid for” tourist attraction, with more than 

  37,000 paid visits a year. EcoWorld Picton Aquarium is one of only four public aquarium in New Zealand and is privately owned and funded.



ECO Day Out in Picton


Enjoy Picton’s foreshore attractions and activities with Interislander and EcoWorld


scenery ✓ nature ✓ wildlife ✓ heritage ✓ explore & learn

Departing Wellington all year round, take your family on a journey to the
wild side! This educational family day out includes crossing to the South
Island, a guided tour around EcoWorld Aquarium and a catamaran cruise
to Kaipupu wildlife nature reserve.


08:15 am. Arrive at the Interislander terminal for check-in

09:00 am. Begin your Wellington family day out on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry

12:30 pm. Arrive in Picton, meet your EcoWorld host and head to EcoWorld Picton Aquarium for a
               complimentary coffee and deposit bags

1:00 pm. Stroll around Picton foreshore, taking in the sight and have a play on the Pirate Ship playground

2:00 pm. The learning experience begins, as you enjoy an EcoWorld Picton Aquarium Close Up Encounters
              Tour guided tour

3:00 pm. Your Eco Cruise Picton Harbor to Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary with Picton Beachcomber will
              zoom you across the Sounds for a walk around the nature reserve

4:30 pm. Your Beachcomber tour will end back at Picton Marina in plenty of time for you to stroll in Picton and
              relax for an hour

5:45 pm. Return to ECO World and your guide will escort you back to the Interislander terminal

6:00 pm. Check-in for your return sailing to Wellington

6:45 pm. Depart from Picton on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry

9:55 pm. Arrive in Wellington


  • Adult: From $149 per adult

  • Child: From $85 per child

  • Infant: No charge for infants



10 Best To Do's In Picton 


spectacular scenery ✓ nature and conservation sanctuaries ✓ great walking ✓ heritage ✓ explore & learn

1. EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehab 

    General entry to the aquarium - Feeding at 11am and 2pm
    Adult $24 Child $12

2. Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary (Beachcomber cruises) 2hrs

    Cruise with Beachcomber to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary - a fenced off predator control area where our
    native wildlife can flourish

    Adult $20 Child $20 (Minimum 4 pax)

3. Picton Cinemas - Movies 
Whats showing - https://www.pictoncinemas.co.nz/

    Adults $16 Child $11

Best Combos (Prior bookings essential*)

4. Close Encounters - Behind the Scenes Tour (1.5 hours)
Get up close with the animals at EcoWorld and meet our current rehab patients (10am, 12pm, 1pm & 3pm 
    - includes entry)

    Adult $39 Child $27

5. Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary & EcoWorld (3 hours)
Beachcomber Cruise to Kaipupu & Aquarium Entry
    Adult $44 Child $32 (Minimum 4 pax)

6. Great Eco Day Out in Picton (4 hours)

    Beachcomber Cruise to Kaipupu, Aquarium Entry & Close Encounters Tour

    Adult $59 Child $47 (Minimum 4 pax)

7. Queen Charlotte Track Walk (9.5 hours)

    Beachcomber Cruise, Hiking & EcoWorld Entry
    Departing at 8am enjoy the cruise to Ship Cove at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound to commence
    your hike to Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour Inlet. On your return to Picton discover all you need to know
    about local fauna at the Ecoworld Aquarium and Rehabilitation Centre

    Adult $109 Child $61

8. Ship Cove Cruise (4.5 hours)

    Beachcomber Cruise, Walk & EcoWorld Entry

    Cruise from Picton through the Queen Charlotte Sound to historical Ship Cove. Along the way your skipper will provide a
    commentary on the surrounds, history and the wildlife be it bird, fish or mammal!  The highlight of this tour is the
    stopover at Ship Cove. Named by Captain James Cook on 15 January 1770 when his ship The Endeavour anchored
    here to replenish supplies of food, water and wood. It became a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook and he returned
    here a further four times between 1770 and 1777.

    Take the opportunity to dabble in the creek where Captain Cook made home brew for his crew and share the beach
    with the resident wildlife. Have your photo taken beside the Captain Cook Monument commemorating his visits to this
    area or just relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

    Adult $111 Child $63 

9. Birdwatchers and Island Cruise (4.5 hours)

    Beachcomber Cruise, Island Sanctuary & EcoWorld Entry

    Join us on our 8:00am departure from Picton out to the stunning Motuara Island, enjoy the native bird life and immerse
    yourself in the natural surroundings and stunning views.​ You get approximately one hour to enjoy this island.

    Adult $115 Child $63

10. Magic Mailboat Cruise (4.5 hours)

      Beachcomber Cruise & EcoWorld Entry 

      The Mail has been delivered by boat in the Queen Charlotte Sounds for more than 150 years. This is a unique tour. 
      Come along with us and share in the excitement of Mail Day as the skipper delivers the NZ Rural post bags, groceries
      and anything else that the residents may need! Plants, puppies, birthday flowers, schoolwork, even the residents
      friends and family - the Mail Boat delivers it all! No day is the same. During your cruise your skipper provides an
      informative commentary on the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the people who lived there then and now.
      Keep your camera handy for any (unscheduled) wildlife encounters!

      Adult $127 Child $71

* Prior Bookings Essential. Activities & prices subject to change without notice


Bookings at EcoWorld Aqaurium, Picton Foreshore.

Phone 03 573 6030   info@explorepicton.co.nz




*Please note:

•Available for booking year round.

*Attractions, activities, itineraries and exhibits may change without notice.

*All prices in NZ dollars and subject to change without notice.

•Bookings subject to EcoWorld Aquarium's Terms & Condition.


EcoWorld Picton Aquarium is Marlborough’s most popular “paid for” tourist attraction, with more than 43,000 paid visits pa. EcoWorld Aquarium is one of only 4 public aquariums in New Zealand and is privately owned and privately funded.

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