MERC Logo MasterSir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre


Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre is a not for profit Charity (Registration Number CC29903) based at Long Bay, Auckland. We offer marine based environmental education and outdoor recreational experiences to Schools, other not for profit organisations and assorted business and corporate groups. MERC can accommodate up to 85 people at any time for overnight stays and activities, and up to a total of 120 people per day. A day programme consists of 3 activities on the day and instruction is given between 9am and 4pm. There is scope to organise short duration, single day and multi-day courses, and these are specifically developed to meet the needs of each group.Our facilities have separate teacher/leader accommodation, multi-purpose hall, wheelchair access and large kitchen & dining facilities. We also offer conference facilities for up to 40 people overlooking the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, Tiritiri Matangi Island and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.


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Offsite Instruction

We are not only able to offer programmes at our premises in Long Bay, we can also come to you or wherever you are holding your camp.

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Holiday Programme

School Holiday Programme

Week 1: 18th – 22nd April
Week 2: 26th – 29th April


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Young Ocean ExplorersNew Zealand 2013 by Robert Marc Lehmann (

New Zealand 2013 by Robert Marc Lehmann (

MERC is excited to now be associated with Steve Hathaway, who along with his Daughter Riley brings us Young Ocean Explorers. A TV series which aims to get kids the world over enthused about the beauty and diversity of our marine life.

Paoras StonesPaora 3 stones

There was once a building on the foreshore of Long Bay which housed an interesting nature museum. People could wander through and learn about the local environment through a number of fascinating displays. In there also was a set of three beautifully carved stones.

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