Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC)

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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What’s On

Events at MERC for NZAEE Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana!

Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education, Seaweek is taking place this year from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018.  It’s about learning from the sea; exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea!  The theme this year is; “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”. Check out the two event posters below for descriptions of activities on March 8th and 11th.

Hope to see you there!

Annual Jumbo Tennis Fundraiser

Coming up is the Annual Nonsuch Consulting Jumbo Tennis Tournament and Browns Bay Rotary has chosen us as Principal Beneficiary.  Attached is a flyer that has all the information about the event and how to get involved.

The funds raised from this event are earmarked to invest into our Marine Education programme to ensure we remain accessible and relevant.  We believe through education, engagement and encouragement we can foster action and nurture kaitiakatanga values in our young people.  The goal is to foster love and protection of the ocean along with all the flora and fauna that consider it home, let alone the role it plays in a healthy world.


If you’re interested in this wonderful event, please contact Danni at the office for tickets. PH: 09 473 0714 xt 0 or E: danni@merc.org.nz

We have 500 tickets @ $10 – they will go fast!