Important Visitor Information
Up Close Encounters (up close face to face)* and Behind the Scenes (where our staff go)* Tour
When: 10am 12pm 1pm 3pm daily
How long for your visit: Allow at least 1.5 hours
Location:95 metres from the interisland ferry terminal and railway station.
Access: flat with 2 gentle ramp areas. Easy wheelchair access
Minimum: 2 persons. Maximum per group 25 persons
EcoWorlds knowledgeable staff share with you outstanding, intimate animal experiences.
Up Close Encounters behind the scenes is more than just meeting our rare and extraordinary New Zealand animals up-close. Up-Close Encounters provides you with a one of a kind experience by combining exclusive creature encounters with some of the amazing animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds, intimate guide interactions and guided tour.
Tuataras - New Zealands very rare living fossil
Little Blue Penguins - Wildlife Rehabilitation Refuge
Yellow Kakariki - endangered parrots being bred
Seahorses - New Zealand pot-bellied seahorses
Giant Squid - Monster of the deep - (preserved 5m)
Red Kakariki - breeding endangered native parrots
Fish - species from the Marlborough Sounds
Geckos, and skinks, frogs, turtle refuge etc.
Orca and Hectors Dolphin - life size models
All our animals have been rescued by us, donated to us or bred by us.
Conservation in action Nature Heritage Explore & learn Family friendly FUN
New Zealand is a Biological Ark. Its biodiversity (variety of all life) is more primitive than most other countries. 80% of New Zealand's native species are found nowhere else on Earth. Most of EcoWorld Aquariums animals come from the Marlborough Sounds whose nearshore rocky reefs are diverse, dynamic, capable of endless surprise, cold, murky, dark and difficult to visit. These nearshore rocky reefs provide haven for rare and endangered species which contributes to their fascination which we share with you.John Reuhman Director