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National Aquarium of New Zealand

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“penguin feeding”(70 reviews)
“marine life”(44 reviews)
“blue penguins”(42 reviews)
The National Aquarium of New Zealand, on Napier’s Marine Parade, is home to over 100 rich and diverse saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world. You can view native saltwater and freshwater species, as well...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Actually it was pretty good for a regional attraction, the tanks were not quite up to the highest standard but ok and the penguins were great, all until we reached the turtle. The poor thing is very large and swims round and round in a...More

4  Thank mark w
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium of New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2015

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 September 2015

It is interesting and education and affords a good opportunity to view up close marine and land/marine creatures I normally only see in photos or movies; but I did not feel these fish, turtles and other creatures get a good go in terms of quality...More

3  Thank CaitlynSaunders
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium of New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2015

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A most fascinating time exploring the habitats of all these wonderful creatures, fish, penguins, turtles, lizards, I really enjoyed our time there yesterday.My favourites were the little blue penguins, and the really big turtle. I found the experience inspiring, and a real asset for Napier.

Thank christinewbryce
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very well set out. Loved the penguins and the shark feeding time. Loved the stingray, penguins and the kiwi. Good cafe and gift shop.

Thank kathyrobnz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open 9-5 daily, a visit to the National Museum will be a nice stop in Napier. Traveling with children, then it's a sure thing. Even though it's the largest aquarium I'm New Zealand, it is rather small in size. If you're interested in swimming with...More

Thank 58randyt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have a good aquarium at home, dont bother with this one. We found it to be dirty and uninspiring. They did have s kiwi.

Thank Deborah R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blue penguins up close and personal were fabulous. Also good to see kiwis and underwater walkway was not bad though not much in the tank. Mixed fish from all over the world in the same tanks which seemed odd thing to do. Not enough on...More

Thank Traveler823391
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's an ok price and staff are lovely but we were in and out in an hour and that was only because we made it to see the sharks being feed. The penguin enclosure seemed a bit sad...the penguins stood with their backs to us...More

Thank DanAnd3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a mainly well thought out, interesting, exhibition of sea life. BUT the large turtle in the small enclosure was awful. The excuse used on the sign for the small size of the aquarium in which he lived was that the water had to...More

Thank Angus L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My two year old LOVED IT! was so great that most of the exhibits were easy for him to see by himself. He especially loved the walk way with the moving floor. Was very expensive for adults, coming to $44 for two of us. kids...More

Thank ZEM20
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's small, and some of the tanks seem too small for the exhibits, but there's an opportunity to see kiwis. There about 6 fairy penguins which surf the water exhausts. They're rescue penguins and can never return to the wild, so are well looked after....More

1  Thank WayneCanberra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visit this place regularly and am always impressed with this fabulous venue. One of the best ‘tourist’ attractions I have visited, the aquarium is somewhere where families, couples, singles, all can experience our marine environment. Some of the most active kiwis I’ve ever seen!!!!

Thank annamad2018
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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