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National Aquarium

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Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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“marine life”(44 reviews)
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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 13 May 2013 via mobile

Had a great morning walking through taking in the attractions. Great surprise to see 2 kiwis, was definitely a highlight. Was very clean and well looked after. Some grest aquatic life to be seen.

Thank Girvatron
Reviewed 11 May 2013 via mobile

Even though the aquarium is small there is so much to see, I was even lucky enough to see two kiwi's up close - amazing. Everything is in great condition and really looked after well. Had a great time and would definitly return. Brilliant!!

Thank KayGirven
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Appreciate your positive feedback. Fantastic that you had a great time, we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 10 May 2013

Great day out for the whole family, an excellently presented experience lovely and helpful staff nice cafe

Thank Jasminholly
Reviewed 8 May 2013

This is an awesome experience. The chlidren had great fun exploring this wonder and the little cafe was very reasonably priced and friendly - great food also!

Thank Theresa A
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Pleased that you enjoyed your experience. The café staff love meeting new people and will be pleased to know that you have taken away good memories from your time with us.

Reviewed 3 May 2013

The Aquarium seemed like a good idea on a grey, ho-hum sort of day but I was disappointed to find it a decidedly average experience. We took overseas visitors from the UK, one of whom was desperate to see some penguins, but having missed the...More

Thank Kiwibabe
Reviewed 1 May 2013

'Never been to Aquarium before. We went at 1pm. Din din times for the little blue penguins. Sad little creatures, one was blind, and kept bashing its little blue head off side of the pool, one had only one flipper so kept going 'round in...More

Thank kenneth b B
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Education of our children is a big part of what we do here. Making them aware of the issues you highlight, animal welfare and how they can make a difference. Thank you for your feedback.

Reviewed 26 April 2013

This aquarium in Napier was a must miss unless you have a rainy day and toddlers with you. The marine life was not impressive except a few sharks. The penguins were hiding as we'll as the kiwi bird & didn't come out. A lot of...More

Thank lauretteny
Reviewed 24 April 2013

Really worth a visit, kids and adults alike. Would definately recommend visiting this. Was pleasantly surprised.

Thank Mclean886
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Thank you for oyur feedback. Glad you enjoyed your visit. and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 18 April 2013

good all round aquarium, giant turtle had to be the highlight, some good hands on stuff too, very accessible in napier...

Thank DrJMacP
Reviewed 16 April 2013

Kiwi's are notoriously difficult to see and this one was no exception but we get very close and if you're lucky (as we were) you can see it pecking away just in front of you. My photos is of a black blob in the darkness...More

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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