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Kaikoura Marine Aquarium

#17 of 38 things to do in Kaikoura Features Animals
Building 1, New Wharf | Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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An experience not to be repeated

Extremely disappointing. The Sea life were contained in shabby bathtubs and aquariums with little... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Shelzjake
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Rotorua, New Zealand
via mobile
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 21 July 2016
GlobalStaci
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Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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“touch pool” (4 reviews)
“octopus” (6 reviews)
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Building 1, New Wharf | Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 July 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.

Thank Shelzjake
Reviewed 21 July 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

Thank GlobalStaci
Reviewed 24 April 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

Thank rebeccah330
Reviewed 1 April 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

Thank jocolin2015
Reviewed 30 March 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

Thank oblika7
Reviewed 25 March 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.

Thank gornfishin63
Reviewed 29 February 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

Thank MalmesburyDave
Reviewed 26 February 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

Thank Mike71553
Reviewed 21 February 2016

I had walked from the town and came across the aquarium so decided to support the volunteer- run facility. Watched the DVD for about 45 minutes, having been told it ran for 30 minutes or so. Abandoned it in the end as it just rolled...More

Thank pmor26
Reviewed 21 February 2016

This is a lovely place in Kaikoura! There is lots of Marine animals to look at! There is a touch pool where you can put your hands and touch things! There is even baby sharks in a bog bath tub! It is so amazing and...More

Thank Katie H
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