Event: Marine Encounters at the N.Z. Marine Studies Centre

General information

Contact name

Tamlyn Somerford

Contact number

027 3416686

Travel instructions

Car: Drive along Portobello Road from town. The drive is ~30-40 minutes. Once you reach Portobello take the left before the Portobello Dairy to drive down Hatchery Road to the NZ Marine Studies Centre. This is a 5 minute drive down a gravel road. Please be aware of traffic and anyone walking on the road. Bus: Catch the number 18 bus from the bus hub outside Countdown supermarket in town. Get off at the bus stop just after the Portobello Dairy. Please note you will be required to walk from the Portobello Dairy to the NZ Marine Studies Centre along Hatchery Road (gravel road next to Portobello Dairy). This is ~20 mins and please be aware of cars driving this road. You can see further bus information here:

Entry instructions

Enter at the front doors at the top of the ramp next to the welcome sign and map.

After entry instructions

Meet your tour guide at the reception desk


Uneven ground and some narrow and steep walkways. We have elevator access to some of our site.

Toilet location

On the left from the front entry

Accessible parking

1 space down past the front entrance of the NZ Marine Studies Centre. 2 spaces infront of garage next to the map at the front doors.


The following accessibility features are provided at the event

Wheelchair accessibility