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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
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

This Aquarium is well set out to keep children interested as they walk around the different areas to view. The best experience of course is the diver feeding the sharks and other fish and eels in the main tank. The penguins are very cute and...More

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit. See you again soon Thank You

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Exellent, i love the tunnel were you are under tbe sharks and stingrays feels li,e your under the sea

Thank Kay M
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thanks for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your time with us at the National Aquarium

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely little aquarium and very easy to get around and see almost all the exhibits. Fantastic seeing kiwi moving through the enclosure. Was looking forward to seeing the tuatara but the exhibit was fully lit and no lizards were out of burrows to be seen....More

Thank Trish W
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

We a happy you got to see our Kiwi. The Tuatara can be difficult to spot. Thank You for visiting The National Aquarium

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Was surprised by how small the venue was considering it's meant to be the national aquarium (although I have been told plans are aloft to improve this). Some nice fish on display and an alligator. Highlights were the penguins. We spent half an hour watching...More

Thank Kanetsugu13
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Appreciate your feedback. Thank you

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Took our 9 year old to the Aquarium, it was his first time to any. He loved it. Took us just over an hour to get through.

Thank Alex_G-S_NZ
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Glad to read your nine year old enjoyed his experience. Hopefully the first of many aquarium visits both here and abroad. Thank you

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We had friends up from Wellington. We got to see the fish being fed and the diver interacted with the kids.

Thank LivL243
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you for visiting us at the National Aquarium

Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Visited the national aquarium at the beginning of January when we were staying with family in Napier. My wife loves penguins so brought her to the aquarium on her birthday to do the penguin experience. She loved it and got to go inside the enclosure...More

Thank Majestic0801
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Really neat to read that a Penguin Encounter with us was one of the highlights of your wifes visit to Napier. We appreciate that you made the National Aquarium one of your stops while here and that you have taken the time to share this...More

Reviewed 1 September 2017

I visited the aquarium with my sister and niece (18 months old). She absolutely loved looking at all the fish in the tanks and doing her fish impression! She also loved the penguins and luckily for us, the kiwi was right next to the glass...More

Thank Tamsyn M
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Thank you for your feedback. Its great to read about your experience. We understand your concerns about animals in captivity and we respect that this can be a very subjective discussion. All the animals in our care are well looked after and we do everything...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017

Wonderful worlds open up in the National Aquarium - especially for children. Consider a visit if you tow around a few children ...

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Thank you

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Always find these places a little sad. It was ok as aquariums go and penguins looked happy. I think most of them were rescues so was nice to see. Great for kids and education but I kinda think fish belong in the sea. Worth a...More

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment

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amc18082017
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!
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nurunet
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
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Huan F
9 April 2016|
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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
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