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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 25 August 2017

Napier was absolutely stunning, the national aquarium was beautiful but nothing really extraordinary. We wish there was more to see but the aquarium was pretty small. I heard it's going to be innovated, I hope that's the case as this could be such a great...More

Thank angieandcam68
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for visiting and providing feedback. There has been a recent announcement that the National Aquarium is going through planning for a major expansion which will see a potential investment of forty five million dollars to become a worldclass aquarium focused on education, research...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

This was so much fun! Kids and adults in our group had a great morning here. Interesting and interactive. Went through the tunnel a number of times. Awesome to be able to use entry as all day pass if you happened to turn up and...More

Thank MichelleT4692
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Wonderful to read that we contributed positively to your experience of Napier and that everyone had a great time. Thank you

Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

The whole family had a fantastic time, lots to see and do and a big shout out to the diver doing the 10am feeding as he made everyone smile :) definitely would be making another visit again if we back in Napier :)

Thank Magictorchnz
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

I will be sure to let the divers know that you enjoyed the show. They do get a kick out of having an audience! Thank you for your feedback

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Although the aquarium isn't overly big they had some unique exhibits such as he Piranhas and newts which made it worth the visit. The main tank and tunnel lack the variety of fish that some of the larger aquariums.

Thank Bill M
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for visiting and commenting. We have some unique exhibits as you mention and even kiwi! The number of fish on display in the main tank does fluctuate over time and we actively look to replenish fish stocks when possible

Reviewed 18 August 2017

This was a great place to take the kids on a drizzly morning in Napier. There was plenty to see and do and was great entertainment for the kids. There were a lot of people in there when we were there which made it a...More

Thank pehiri
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

We do get busy when the weather is not so great, the virtues of being an indoor activity. Great to see you found it great entertainment. Thank you

Reviewed 16 August 2017

although it is the national aquarium, it is quite small comparing to aquariums around the world in today's standard. you can see a lot of effort has been put into arranging a fun, informative exhibition. Good for family for a visit.

Thank Douglas H
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Ive been there a few times now and have enjoyed it every time.everything is spotlessly clean and the staff are well trained.The last time I went I took 10 special needs people and they were thrilled with it and look forward to going again.The Kiwis...More

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience with us

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

For a nation surrounded by water we really should be offering a much better experience at our national aquarium. It's not bad, but I have been to many better aquariums in other countries, even some hotels and restaurants have better aquariums.More

Thank James F
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment. It is a shame to read that you were disappointed with your experience at the National Aquarium. We have some exciting plans for the Aquarium over the next few years which will further improve on our...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit with a family, kids would really enjoy it. Interesting diversity of sea creatures. Make sure that you get the kids to attend the fish feeding show around 10 am (hope is still scheduled at the same time).

Thank klkamish
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

It is definitely recommended to visit during feeding times if possible to enjoy these in addition to your general visit. We have a reef fish feeding at 10am, a shark feeding at 2pm and penguin feedings at 9.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Thank you for commenting

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Was a very quick walk around, small aquarium for a "national" as such. Great for little ones, around 4 penguins were visible not sure if anymore on site but either way they were full of energetic life.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

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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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