For school, university and community groups only:

Have you ever dreamed about becoming a marine scientist? Or simply love exploring and learning about our big beautiful blue backyard? You're at the right place!

Our educators provide an informative and enjoyable presentation on the latest research undertaken by the University of Auckland's Institue of Marine Science. With research projects ranging all across the country, on things big and small, we've got something for every ocean enthusiast.

In addition to the presentation, get up close under our Big Eye Micropscope to view weird and wonderful marine critters or ocean objects, and (gently) handle some of Aotearoa New Zealand's intertidal rocky shore species in our Exploration Tank. 

We are able to host groups throughout the year and offer tailored experiences that can include a presentation, interactive activities, and workshop elements. If you cant make it up to us, we also head out to schools and community organisations to do presentations about marine conservation - get in touch to connect :) 

If you wish to book your next visit to the Centre please contact Nakita Daniel by email to arrange a time and date.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

School Groups

We provide a range of interesting and inspiring programmes for our young people that range from 1 hour through to full day or week long sessions.

The programmes can be tailored to classroom or course learning and can include topics such as marine protected areas, climate change, plastic pollution, ocean acidification, ecosystem functions, trophic cascades, the intertidal/zonation, and futures thinking. Please don't hesistate to contact us if you have anything in particular that you want to cover and we will do our best to accomodate! 

Please note that programme bookings differ in ticket prices depending on the componenets included (i.e. presentaion, activities, workshop) and number of students. All accompanying teachers can come through without a charge. Please email us directly to get a quote for your group bookings. 

All Other Groups

Whether you have a large whānau, are involved with Probus New Zealand, University of the Third Age, Scouts or Girl Guides, or are from a retirement village. We have everything you require to have a fun day.

Our general group presentaion includes insight into the marine research done by the Professors and PhD students at the Leigh Marine Lab, particularly in our backyard; the Hauraki Gulf Tīkapa Moana. There is particular emphasis on the use and effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas, with monitoring data on key indicator and fisheries species such as Tāmure/Snapper, and Kōura/Crayfish.

The rest of the session can include interactive activities like looking through the Big Eye microscope and exploring the tanks out back, or for self-guided tours around the centre at your own pace.  Some delicious morning or afternoon tea can also be arranged on request. 

Please give us a bell on or 09 923 3621 to find a programme, time and date for your next visit! 

Open Weekends 10am-4pm

160 Goat Island Road

(09) 923 3645

Any questions or queries please email:

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