Close Encounters Tour - get up close

Close Encounters Tour at EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.  Get up close and very personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures.  The Close Encounters tour is more than just meeting our rare and extraordinary animals up-close.  The tour provides you with a one of a kind experience by combining exclusive creature encounters, intimate guide interactions and guided tours. 

EcoWorld’s knowledgeable staff give you outstanding, intimate experiences.  We help you discover, have fun, sharing with you some of New Zealand's amazing native creatures that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds

New Zealand is a Biological Ark.  80% of New Zealand's native species are found nowhere else on Earth.  Most of EcoWorld’s animals come from the  Marlborough Sounds whose nearshore rocky reefs are diverse, capable of endless surprise, murky, cold and difficult to visit.  Rocky reefs are haven for rare and endangered species which contributes to their fascination which we share with you.”   

John Reuhman  Director


•Tuataras - New Zealand’s very rare “living dinosaur”

•Little Blue Penguins - wildlife rehabilitation refuge

•Yellow Kakariki - endangered parrots, breeding & release

•Seahorses - New Zealand pot-bellied seahorses

•Giant Squid - “Monster of the deep” - (preserved 5m)

•Red Kakariki - endangered native parrots



•Fish - species from the Marlborough Sounds

•Freshwater display with threatened species

•Orca and Hectors Dolphin - life size models

•Touch pool, kid’s area, movies, shells, displays etc.


Special Guided Tour  (includes personal Close Encounters and behind the scenes* experiences)





(*Bookings are essential.   Exhibitions are subject to change without notice)

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