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Port Marsden Oil Refinery Visitor Center

Port Marsden Highway, Ruakaka, New Zealand
+64 9-432 8194
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Free & Informative with great models

This is a very informative display with a video & lit model describing New Zealand's oil... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shelley S
Auckland, New Zealand
Such cool model

Lots of good displays, with loads of information about the Refinery operation and history. The... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Ruakaka, New Zealand
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Port Marsden Highway, Ruakaka, New Zealand
+64 9-432 8194
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very informative display with a video & lit model describing New Zealand's oil manufacture and distribution. The video is about 20 minutes & then you can wander thru the rest of the displays at your leisure. Surprisingly interesting.

Thank Shelley S
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Lots of good displays, with loads of information about the Refinery operation and history. The large model of the complex is fascinating.

Thank DavidandSuzanne
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We were part of a group of 21 cyclists who came across the centre. The lady attendant was so enthusiastic that she encouraged us to watch the information video. Ver interesting!

Thank Yvonnegodfrey
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Popped in to have a look. Really interesting displays & a very informative presentation about the oil refinery. The models were really amazing & so much detail. Worth the look.

Thank Bluebird2004
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Last week we visited this place and it is very good for the kids. They came to know about the oil refining process and from where it comes from. Overall kids enjoyed it.

Thank George8599
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Although not a fan of continued use of fossil fuels, a visit to this visitor centre was pleasant and illuminating. It is NZ's only oil refinery so is a key structure for transport and industry. The visitor centre includes a huge model of the refinery...More

Thank NZMDProf
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Best place to take kids. Lets them learn about where oil and gas come from. What the refinery does. What the refinery is.

Thank Tania K
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This is a free entrance to quite a large visitors centre. There is a large video screen showing how the crude oil is manufactured in to lots of other products. In the same room there is the biggest model of a complex I have ever...More

Thank old_romantics_2000
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Place to get paddle crabs, fishing and near beach like ruakaka you will enjoy swimming and other water activities!

Thank Francis Raphael C
Reviewed 27 October 2016

A fascinating place to visit - we were on tour in two coaches - there was plenty of space for everyone and we could have stayed longer. The detailed model with its accompanying video explained the development and workings of the refinery very well. Entry...More

Thank GrannyG45
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