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National Aquarium

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Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including sharks, stingrays, living coral, kiwi, tuatara and a huge range of fish...more
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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were most pleasantly surprised at how good this aquarium is. Lots of information and fun trying to identify the different fish, especially in the tunnel.

Thank Hawean
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium with a 6yo and a 4yo. Make sure you time your visit to include penguin feeding & fish feeding. The diver putting on the fish feeding show was great - very interactive with the kids. We went during the school holidays...More

Thank Bartin4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit during the week to avoid crowds, this gives you a chance to talk to the keepers as well as not being rushed at any of the exhibits! Penguin enclosure gets you the closest, and you'll need great night vision to see the Kiwi if...More

Thank autobahn_240
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice aquarium but nothing really special to see inside..except piranhas!! I went there only for that! The rest wasn’t really extraordinary. But nice aquarium for kids!!

Thank Grégoire P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not a big aquarium but it has heaps of interesting fish as well as a couple of Kiwi's !! A lot of thought has gone into it. eg there was a diver (Amy) who was doing fish feeding but unlike any other aquarium we...More

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’ve been to many aquariums around China and HongKong, this was literally the smallest we’ve seen. Funny enough tho, the crayfish tank looks like one of our seafood tank in a restaurant. See funny seahorse father giving birth to baby seahorse tho, and the “tunnel”...More

Thank MaximilianDinozzo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wife and I arrived just after 11.00am and we found the price did not justify what there was to see. There was not a lot to see. We missed the first feeding of the Penguins and did not stay for the feeding of the...More

Thank whitehorse494
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this a magical place with well displayed fish of all kinds, shapes and sizes as well as animals including kiwis and penguins. Everything was spotlessly clean and easily visible and explanations and projects for children were carefully thought out. Feeding by divers in...More

Thank JaneMay
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Visited on a rainy day. A surprise encounter with kiwi birds here. They were so clearly visible unlike some other places we’ve visited in New Zealand. Can see some stingrays, penguins, sharks and other fish. Felt sorry for a large green turtle stuck in a...More

1  Thank Anna C
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This aquarium is really a true reflection of the very hard work, research and the imagination of the people involved in creating such a wonderful place in New Zealand. A place worth visiting with children.

Thank shashi09
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25 September 2017|
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Response from Braesidedave | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we had no problems with size, group ranging from 110kgs to 80kgs. Very accommodating instructor ensuring we were comfortable and well briefed. Take a camera for some great close ups of the sharks. Enjoy!
23 January 2017|
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Response from NationalAquariumHB | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. This Encounter involves Kiwi and Tuatara, a native reptile. You will help the keeper prepare food for both animals. You will get a one on one overview of both species and what makes them so... More
Huan F
9 April 2016|
Response from NationalAquariumHB | Property representative |
Hi, Thanks for your question. We do not currently have a public option to Scuba Dive at the National Aquarium. The reason it is listed in the price page on our website is for dive schools who sometimes use the Aquarium to... More