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Kaikoura Marine Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Don't Dismiss this Small Gem!

I’d say this local aquarium is a must see. It’s small and most of the exhibits look as though they... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2016
GlobalStaci
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Baltimore, Maryland
A small aquarium packed with interest

We loved this aquarium. It is small and humble but well organised and thought out. Has some... read more

Reviewed March 31, 2016
jocolin2015
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Masterton, New Zealand
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8 Oct 2018
“Aquarium”
24 Feb 2018
“because of the earthquake, nothing to see”
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Building 1, New Wharf | Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

This was bigger than expected and staff were very good and helpful. We went here because the weather was too bad to go on the whale watch. The staff recommended other places to visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Christine H
Reviewed February 24, 2018

We were in Kaikoura when the Southern way was opened for some moments of the day. The governement and people try to do their best for remake everything. One of the buildings of the aquarium was full destroyed. So the aquarium is closed

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank LouenStephan
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Extremely disappointing. The Sea life were contained in shabby bathtubs and aquariums with little else, and looked lifeless. Building was grotty and well over due a rehaul. Would not recommend.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Shelzjake
Reviewed July 21, 2016

I’d say this local aquarium is a must see. It’s small and most of the exhibits look as though they were put together by a middle schoolers, but don’t be misled. This place is packed with information on the local marine life and it’s fascinating....More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank GlobalStaci
Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

This place is pretty small and it should be a donation system rather than an entry fee. I felt pretty sorry for the fish as they looked like cramped conditions. The whole thing looked like some school science project recycled into a tourist attraction. Maybe...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank rebeccah330
Reviewed March 31, 2016

We loved this aquarium. It is small and humble but well organised and thought out. Has some interesting suprises. Some people have commented that the displays do not have enough enrichment (like for the octopus) but we were told animals are not kept for long...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank jocolin2015
Reviewed March 30, 2016

It is a pretty good aquarium, a bit small, but the prices are lower than the aquariums in the bigger cities too. It was cool to see the sharks, the lobster, and all the different sea creatures. The best part was the touch pool, where...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank oblika7
Reviewed March 24, 2016

Not flash by any means and seems to run on a small budget, but staffed with dedicated people who love the ocean. Interesting exhibits and great for kids to touch in the sea pool. We enjoyed our visit.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank gornfishin63
Reviewed February 29, 2016

Whilst camping in Ashley Gorge we were told of the Kaikoura Marine Aquariam by a resident of these parts. "It may appear a little rustic and amateurish" she told. Well it fits that description perfectly but it is so interesting. Shanty sheds at the end...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank MalmesburyDave
Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

First off this all Volunteer run facility was only founded in 2011. That said there is still a lot that they will probably add in the future as they gain both funds and notoriety. We had a wonderful time in the aquarium reading and wandering...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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