We’re making a big splash!


On the 15th of November the National Whale Centre opened its Display and Development Hub at Building no. 1, London Quay, Picton, on the foreshore. We are celebrating all the way up to Christmas with film screenings, guest speakers and a range of activities. There’s something for everyone. Go to our Events page for further details. See you there!

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Purchase an NWC t-shirt

The perfect christmas gift that supports this worthy cause as well as being eco-friendly to boot! Available for kids, men and women in black and white. See the shop for more details.


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NWC Hub Launch Video

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The launch of the National Whale Centre Display and Development Hub

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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 launched its Display and Development Hub on the Picton Foreshore as stage 2 of its long term programme, courtesy of a Lottery Grants Board contribution.

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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