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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's

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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s is New Zealand’s most famous aquarium! It is home to New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins and offers a myriad of opportunities to get up close and personal with incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern...more
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23 Tamaki Drive | Ōrākei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
+64 800 805 050
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We'd had another activity cancelled on us with only an hour's warning. The owner of Parnell149 had recommended Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium to us the night before. So, we made this our fall-back option. As we were surrounded by sharks and sting rays, any disappointment I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 562yuris
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great experience. Friendly staff. Very clean easy parking. Beautiful set up so much to see. great place for all ages.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bsandb
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife was really keen to see the penguins as she has always really liked the Emporer Penguins in particular. They were really special with a large number on display of many varieties both swimming and standing around looking impervious. Those on dry land are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank longhaven
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our kids aged 9 & 11, we were on holiday from Australia. The building is showing signs of old age but the exhibits themselves were great, the kids loved the penguins, the conveyor belt, and the Antarctic exhibition. Get there early as parking...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GoldCoastTodd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a cloudy day in Auckland this is well worth the trip, from travelling in a shark bus with Basil the driver, you arrive to the stories of Scott of the Antarctic and Shackleton. The penguins are beguiling, majestic and funny. The tunnel is amazing...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 88roses
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good place to spend a few hours, especially if you have children. It's a little way out of town, but there is a regular "shark" shuttle bus. Alternatively you could do as we did and walk along the shore which takes a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank janda2905
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A penguin pooped, never have I laughed so hard. Then there was the sea life which was just mesmerizing. Just a shame we had a flight to catch or could have spent day there. Sad to read about the man who never fully got to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 631kieranr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having visited many aquariums, Kelly Tarlton's is different because it's all underground having been built in unused sewage tanks. The building shows its age but the exhibits were still interesting enough. Discount coupons available in NZ guides at the airport kiosk in lieu of pre-purchasing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank D C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since it was raining, we decided to stop here before leaving Auckland. Although it was extremely crowded and packed with kids, we enjoyed watching the penguins and sea life. It was fascinating to watch the penguins interact with each other. The aquarium area was neat...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank grlgrdgate
Reviewed 1 week ago

We LOVED this place! The whole experience is very cool - you are in a sort of tube on a moving walkway (or you can walk on the side) while sharks and rays swim all around you and over your head. There are lots of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Melanie J
18 August 2018|
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Response from Toby T | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure if the name but apparently there is an octopus in and out of quarantine (I think they said it was fairly new) so it’s only on display some of the time. Not when I went unfortunately
Vicki P
6 February 2018|
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152 Quay Street (bottom of Queen Street)
7 August 2017|
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Response from C S | Reviewed this property |
No the bus stop is very near the door for arrival but you do have to walk a little way (about 100 metres on flat ground) to catch the bus when you are finished. Unless you have something seriously wrong it should be no... More