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Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

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Address: 23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand
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+64 9-528 0603
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New...

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins and offers a myriad of opportunities to get up close and personal with incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans.For a truly incredible experience, take the plunge on an Animal Adventure – we offer cage-free shark dives, PADI-recognised diver training, snorkel and scuba safaris through the Oceanarium or the chance to hand-feed the giant stingrays!

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Still magic

Haven't been for yonks but still felt the magic of those moments when sharks/rays/fish/turtles swim overhead. Truly felt uplifted for the experience.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 February 2016
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Have visited this place on a number of occasions it never fails to amaze me how good it is. Anyone of any age will enjoy this experience as there is something for everyone. All based around the Antarctic with from the wonderful display of penguins through to the Shacklton shack , magnificent Ray's, sharks etc etc It is also clear... More 

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Thank Kathryn M
KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback following your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am very happy to hear that you enjoy your visit each time you return and find our unique attraction interesting and informative. Our curatorial team were very happy to hear that there love of the animals can be seen within the displays here.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Haven't been for yonks but still felt the magic of those moments when sharks/rays/fish/turtles swim overhead. Truly felt uplifted for the experience.

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Thank LaurenceRamsay
KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback following your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found it a magical experience. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm you can watch our divers feed our sharks in the tunnels. This is amazing to watch and see the sharks overhead. Thank... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

We were due to fly home to the U.K. the following day and the day of the visit was my 68th Birthday, so we were looking to do something different that day. After a little bit of research we decided to go and see the Sea Life Aquarium as we had covered many other attractions during our time in Auckland.... More 

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your detailed and positive review of your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I will share your feedback with the team here who will be so happy to hear such positive comments. We work very hard to ensure our unique attractions remains fun and interesting for all our guests. Thank you again for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Are you into Antarctic exploration? Do you want an above average sea life and history experience? ? Imagine being on walkways under massive sea life and stingrays? Kelly's is a Must do for families or anyone interested in the above. One of the best sea life exhibitions/museum/aquariums in the southern hemisphere or possibly the world. I love penquins. I love... More 

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's. I am so glad to hear that you love visiting and always find something new and exciting to see. I will share your feedback with the entire team who work so hard to ensure our attraction remains interesting and fun for our guests. Thank you for... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

For adults, the shark/big fish tunnels were the highlight; there was a good selection of other interesting displays also. Penguin enclosure was very good (King penguins and Gentoo). Decor rather dated and run-down. A freshen up of facilities and signage would improve this a lot.

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed your visit and found our displays interesting. thank you for your feedback, we are in the process of revamping our signage. Thank you again for your review and thank you for visiting More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

I felt like the penguins were not clean they had pooh on them. I felt like they need more space or need to be let out to their own natural environment. The seahorses looked dead and I felt sorry for the octopus was lonely. Please clean your cafe or at least have more staff in there. The crayfish looked like... More 

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium . We welcome all feedback, positive or negative as this is how we grow and develop. Our penguin enclosure is designed for 120 penguins to comfortably live here, we currently have 80 on the ice. Penguins naturally live in very large colonies and feel most... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Lovely for seeing all the fish and sea animals.Big string rays and they come so close to you.Could walk around looking at the fish for hours.

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found our unique attraction interesting and fun. I hope that you were able to catch some of our animal feeds and talks on the day. Thank you again for your review and thank you for visiting. More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

I love taking visitors to Kelly Tarltons. Apart from the amazing small sea creatures, the sharks and the stingrays & manta rays are so incredibly up close and personal. But best of all are the penguins in an 'Antarctic' environment. They always make me smile.

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad to hear that you really enjoy sharing your love of our unique attraction with your guests. I have also shared your positive feedback with the team here who work tirelessly to ensure our attraction is interesting, educational and most of all fun.... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

I love the experience Kelly Tarlton's gives you of exploring an underwater world with out any risk or even getting wet.

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad to hear that you really enjoyed your visit. Our curved underwater tunnels were designed and built by Kelly Tarlton who was a deep sea explorer. He wanted the people of New Zealand and the world to see the ocean as he did when diving. Thank you... More 

Ashburton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

This is a fantastic outing for all the family - the young ones loved seeing all the "strange" fish and of course liked the touch pool...and penguins. Food area was great with lovely secure play area for the kiddies.

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your recent visit and enjoyed all areas of our unique attraction. Thank you again for your review and I have shared your positive comments with the team here. More 

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