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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Pricing themselves out of the competition

I am always surprised at the price they charge here. It´s a wee bit boring and the tank the sea... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2011
Maria C
Wellington, New Zealand
Watch the fish watching YOU

Wonderful experience, well laid out and lots to look at.

Reviewed 30 October 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
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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 species. A fun and educational place to visit for all the family. Located in Napier, the National Aquarium is one of the premier Hawke's Bay Tourist Attractions. Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4:30pm, closed Christmas Day
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  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“marine life” (42 reviews)
“blue penguins” (35 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

I am always surprised at the price they charge here. It´s a wee bit boring and the tank the sea turtle was in bothered me, it was so small and the turtle is so big. I did email the aquarium about this but haven't heard...More

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 30 October 2011

Wonderful experience, well laid out and lots to look at.

Thank Nannywazo
Reviewed 27 October 2011

The admission was $17.90 for adults - which I found rather expensive. If you have been to a major aquarium, this one will probably compare unfavorably - but it was a wet afternoon so I decided to give it a try. It was pleasant -...More

Thank randisbrown
Reviewed 12 September 2011

Maybe I'm spoiled with all of the gorgeous aquariums that I've visited in the United States and around the world. This aquarium is small but decent. The touch tank, however, was nasty and didn't really have anything for my daughter to touch - and this...More

1  Thank everglades_gal
Reviewed 4 March 2011

I have to admit that this has been the only aquarium I have visited but I must also say that I would certainly go there again. Great viewing and close encounters with all the marine life, including swimming with the sharks if your game.

Thank Crossdog1977
Reviewed 7 February 2011

Awesome building, right on sea foreshore.....modern well presented facility with an awesome array of animals......

Thank sallyrogers67
Reviewed 2 August 2010

Compared to Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, this aquarium was lacking a little in terms of the variety of fish on display. But if you can only visit one aquarium in NZ and don't have the chance to visit Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, this is a...More

1  Thank rin007
Reviewed 22 July 2010

We visited this aquarium just to do the swimming with sharks, the experience was fantastic, you get to snorkel (or dive if certified) with the sharks (25 altogether including 2 9 feet ones!), no cave or anything just you and the sharks, plus stingrays and...More

Thank stokie_gem
Reviewed 20 May 2010

Totally loved the Aquarium, totally loved seeing the MASSIVE sharks right in front of your face! A total must do. Make sure you also see the Crocodile, the sea turtle, the sting rays, the Tuatara, the Kiwis, the Piranha, and the Crayfish.

1  Thank brookwarner
Reviewed 8 April 2010

The sign on this place calles it The national Aquarium of New Zealand so I found this Tripadvisor listing hard to find. I love all aqariums so I have to say I really rated this one and also the Kelly Tarltons One in Auckland (I...More

Thank ToniBee
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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