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Port Marsden Oil Refinery Visitor Center

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Address: Port Marsden Highway, Ruakaka, New Zealand
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+64 9-432 8194

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A surprisingly good display

Although not a fan of continued use of fossil fuels, a visit to this visitor centre was pleasant and illuminating. It is NZ's only oil refinery so is a key structure for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although not a fan of continued use of fossil fuels, a visit to this visitor centre was pleasant and illuminating. It is NZ's only oil refinery so is a key structure for transport and industry. The visitor centre includes a huge model of the refinery which was constructed as a template before the refinery was built (aparently these mock-ups were... More 

Thank NZMDProf
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to take kids. Lets them learn about where oil and gas come from. What the refinery does. What the refinery is.

Thank Tania K
Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This is a free entrance to quite a large visitors centre. There is a large video screen showing how the crude oil is manufactured in to lots of other products. In the same room there is the biggest model of a complex I have ever seen. It took two men over a year to build. There is lots of videos,... More 

Thank old_romantics_2000
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Place to get paddle crabs, fishing and near beach like ruakaka you will enjoy swimming and other water activities!

Thank Francis Raphael C
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

A fascinating place to visit - we were on tour in two coaches - there was plenty of space for everyone and we could have stayed longer. The detailed model with its accompanying video explained the development and workings of the refinery very well. Entry is free.

Thank GrannyG45
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

It was a wet week-end so we were looking for somewhere to entertain our children for a little while, this information centre did that very nicely. It has a detailed model of the refinery, with a video that detailed what different parts of the model was representing, as the video ran the different areas would light up, so I could... More 

Thank JunkmanNZ
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

For once we did not drive on through. It was just a 8 km detour from the main highway, and well worth a visit. Entry was free and the lady at the front desk was very helpful and friendly. There were two short video presentation one on searching and drilling for oil and the other a documentary on the process... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

We've seen the development over the years of the Marsden Point refinery and never had the time to check it out before. I'd never even looked it up in Trip Advisor, but knew we should visit it sometime. It's so fascinating that everyone should make sure they take a trip here, if they are in the area. After all it's... More 

Thank Bous13
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

I was a bit lost, stumbled across the NZ Refining/Marsden Point visitors Centre, and thought I'd have a look. The large map of the pipeline from Marsden Point to Auckland was interesting. The displays upstairs explaining how the refining process works were quite detailed and well done. But the model of the refinery (it cost $1 million to make) was... More 

Thank Oskar_Baxter
Foxton Beach, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

This was one of our must do's when visiting northland. It was a really fascinating look at how our petrol is produced. The lady was super friendly and gave good information. This is really a flashback to the industrial problem solving kiwis show.

Thank Juliette D

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