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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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A great way to spend a couple of hours on a wet day.

We enjoyed our visit to the aquarium, particularly the "underwater" viewing on the travellator... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Treeleaper
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Rangiora, New Zealand
Excellent attraction for all ages.

Convenient location on Marine Parade. Parking nearby. Modern and spacious. Feeding times for... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Bob A
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London, United Kingdom
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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 good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“marine life” (44 reviews)
“blue penguins” (37 reviews)
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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

We enjoyed our visit to the aquarium, particularly the "underwater" viewing on the travellator. The displays were great and of those the pick would be the Kiwi enclosure.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

The 1.5 million litre Oceanarium and the travelator underneath it are hugely popular along with our kiwi house. We are glad you enjoyed your time here with us. Thank you

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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Convenient location on Marine Parade. Parking nearby. Modern and spacious. Feeding times for penguins and shark at regular intervals. Fascinating displays on geology and weather.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Thank you for your comments

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Fairly average Aquarium. Quite small and dated. Probably better back in the day. Needs a revamp and expansion.

Thank Yash A
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Appreciate your feedback. Thank you

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I'm not really sure how to review this.. We enjoyed it, took about 2 hours (with a baby) to walk around and have a good look at everything. We saw the penguins being fed which was super cute and great to know they are all...More

1  Thank KatyxDan
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We have some exciting plans for the Aquarium in the future and this includes updating the facilty

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Reviewed 29 March 2017

I have to admit we only visited here as our motel was almost opposite. Having said that we very much enjoyed our tour. The staff were most friendly and informative, especially the chap in the kiwi quarters. The penguins were delightful and you are able...More

Thank LJD1250
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

We are grateful to you for you sharing your experience. Thank you

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Reviewed 28 March 2017

You can't expect much from Napier or their council of morons but this place is alright. This adds to what little those rate swindling idiots have delivered , the same tards that spent nearly $2M on 2 art deco busses only to sell them for...More

Thank Craig R
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

For the Aquarium related comment thank you

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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the aquarium. The best part was the shark tank where you can walk under and next to sharks and rays. That was really cool. You can see the whole thing in about an hour.

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

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Right on Marine parade which runs alongside the ocean and pebbly beach. Only a short walk from the city center to get to the National Aquarium on the esplanade Unfortunately time didn't permit to actually do the tour of the Aquarium. Nice paintings on the...More

Thank Karen W
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

Thank you for your review. Hopefully next time you are in Napier you will be able to do a tour of the Aquarium and see what we have to offer

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Reviewed 25 March 2017

An interesting aquarium to visit - great place to take children, with lots to see. Good for adults as well. The rescued penguin enclosure and the reasons for rescue are a must. In addition the aquarium has two kiwis that they look after, located in...More

Thank rojan76
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

We try to be a destination where visitors of all ages will have an interesting experience and see something unique. if we can advocate and educate at the same time it is a win/win for everyone. Thank you for visiting

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

My wife and I went to National Aquarium of NZ recently while on holiday in area. The location is on Marine Parade few blocks from Napier city centre. There is good size main tank area that was doing shark feeding. There is separate penguin enclosure...More

Thank u2fan56
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

Thank you for your recommendation and we hope you will come back to visit again soon

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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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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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