Facilities at VUCEL

Examining samples in our research lab.

Our laboratory

The Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab (VUCEL) provides 816 square metres of state of the art research space, including:

  • A fully functional research laboratory constructed to PC-2 standards
  • Two wet lab facilities with access to both raw and filtered flow-through seawater
  • Office space for up to 30 VUCEL research students and staff
  • A substantial staging area for coastal and subtidal research.

Vessels and vehicles

VUCEL maintains four sea-going research vessels. The 8.5m tri-hull Raukawa Challenger is well suited to both local and distant use. Our three 4.6m aluminium StabiCraft vessels (the Pipi, Tuatua and the Tipa) support much of the work in Wellington Harbour, the Kapiti coast and in sheltered sections of the Wellington south coast. VUCEL also has three support vehicles.