About Us

Island Bay Marine Education Centre 
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The Island Bay Marine Education Centre is a not-for-profit, education facility operated by our Wellington Marine Conservation Trust.

Our main purpose is to inspire people, especially children, to learn about Wellington's and all New Zealand's marine environments. 

For the past 22 years, we've been offering exciting, interesting, hands-on marine educational experiences for people of all ages, from pre-school children to grandparents, through our Marine Education, Open Sunday and Ocean Discovery Programmes.

The aim of all our programmes is to encourage the wise use and enjoyment of our marine resources through public education programmes, live displays, and hands-on activities.

Over this period we've learned that the more people know about the marine environment, the more they want to take care of it.

Our motto is "If you know what's there, then you'll care!"

Since opening in 1996, we’ve hosted over 400,000 children and adults from the Wellington and other regions of New Zealand.  We currently provide our marine education programmes to 25,000 visitors a year.

Our Centre is situated right on the shores of Cook Strait, in the middle of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve, and adjacent to one of the richest marine rocky shore habitats in New Zealand.  Its seaside location and unique facilities offer everyone a chance to explore, discover and learn about some of the amazing marine life of Cook Strait.  Click here to see our location. "

"We invite you to join us on your own journey of discovery of New Zealand's largest and most important habitat- Te Moana"
Dr Victor Anderlini - Chairman WMCT
Judy Hutt - Director
For bookings and equiries:
email: info@octopus.org.nz
tel: 04-3838285