A National Whale Centre for Picton and the World!



The launch of a National Whale Centre as a virtual museum some two years ago was the first step in establishing an internationally connected institution that links the general public, interactive travellers, cetacean experts, museums and environmental organisations through an information sharing portal.

The Centre has now reached a stage where it is in a position to open a display and information centre on the Picton Foreshore during the year.

On 18 January at the time of the Picton Maritime Festival the Centre opened its doors to the public with an indicative display highlighting the thematics of its future displays.

Since then the Centre has received a Lottery grant to complete a full fit-out for a targeted launch on 15 November with an accompanying programme of displays and related event in the Centre and other sites.

The images above are indicative of the prototype display and development centre we are hoping to reveal to local, national and international visitors. So keeping watching this page.

The creation of the National Whale Centre is the result of many years of research into the creation of a Picton Foreshore attraction which addresses the unique position of New Zealand as an ocean nation with a 172 plus years history of whaling and subsequent shift to more sustainable aquamarine industries and associated ecotourism ventures.

At the same time 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the cessation of commercial whaling in New Zealand waters with the closure of whaling activities in Cook Strait.


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August Whale Kids newsletter out now!

AUGUST NewsletterWelcome to our Whale Kids monthly meet our whales newsletter.

Look for the August Newsletter under Whale Kids, print it out and add it to your collection.
This issue is all about the elusive Pygmy Right Whale.
Each month we present details on one of the many whales that inhabit or visit our waters. Some of which you’ve probably never heard of.
We can also provide hardcopies by mail if you join up as a National Whale Centre youth member for $10.00 by posting a cheque to National Whale Centre PO Box 689, Picton 7250. When you join you will also be sent the 4GB sperm whale flash drive. Make sure you supply us with your postal address.
Come and join the journey.
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