SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
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Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium 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 oceans. For a truly incredible experience, take the plunge on an Animal Adventure jump into the shark Cage and go snorkeling with massive sharks or jump on the ice and get up close and personal with the King and Gentoo penguins!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • SachdevSnacker
    Wellington, New Zealand13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience
    Great fun had at Kelly Tarltons on out visit up to Auckland. Kids especially loved the penguins and checking out the sharks. Best aquarium experience we have had. Very busy during the school holidays so best to book tickets online to skip the queue. Trip through the aquarium takes 2 - 3 hours depending how much you want to interact at each attraction. Quite pricey but worth it for the experience. Was definitely one of the favourite things we did while on our Auckland holiday.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • tekohiwi
    Whitianga, New Zealand505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do
    Neither of us had been for over 10 years so we saw quite a few changes but all were great. It’s an awesome attraction for young and old and so well done. Plenty to see and the cafe was well stocked and well priced. Definitely needs to be on your list when visiting Auckland.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Relax597254
    922 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little expensive
    Visited on a weekday, no queue. The entrance is small but they made an effort to put conspicuous signages. Find it a little expensive at NZD45. Saw a good mix of animals from penguins, stingray, jellyfish.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Traci N
    Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mum & adult daughter break
    Visiting from Australia which coincided with the massive Auckland flood in January 23. . Had a cruise cancelled so we decided to pop in to aquarium. Loved it. It was quite spectacular to see the high water levels against the glass, then watch it disappear. Beautiful experience for my marine bio student daughter seeing the rays and turtles & sharks. A great experience, and LOVE the moving ice tunnel!!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Brittany
    Sevierville, Tennessee168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for kids!
    My son had a blast from the moment we walked in! Compared to the aquarium near us in the U.S., this one was quite a bit smaller but still a lot to see and learn! There was plenty to keep my son interested, as well as a playground near the end. We weren't planning on visiting the aquarium but there was so much rainfall, we needed an indoor activity and I'm very glad we chose to go! We picked up a stuffed animal penguin "Pang" that my son still plays with to this day.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2023
  • jojo
    Navi Mumbai, India1,767 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing underwater tunnel
    Truely amazing underwater views tunnel from Entry to Exit showing about 30 live awesome animal exhibits and wondrful habitants display. It was wonderful experiennce enjoyed penguins, fish,cafe, views, kids games, shops etc.A Day with the Life of Penguin Keeper was most liked. It was properly maintained and especially kids enjoyed most.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Tour41587119905
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience.
    The first clue that this aquarium was quite compelling was the fact that on a Tuesday midday, most of the patrons were adults without children. The penguin exhibit was very good, with its giant antarctic penguins waddling around. The turtle tank where they rehabilitate injured giant turtles was a bit vacant as only one turtle missing a flipper was residing. The shark tank with its moving sidewalk inside a tunnel was quite good. Many other colorful fish and attractions complete your day. We accessed the aquarium on the TMK bus from Britomart (about 15 minutes). Be aware they are cashless, so bring your credit card!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
  • tekohiwi
    Whitianga, New Zealand505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great attraction
    Hadn’t been here for over 8 years so it had changed of course but thoroughly enjoyed it. Had lunch at the cafe watching the tide lap against the window. Great displays and highly recommend it. We even saw baby Penguins.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Stacey S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience!!
    This was only the second time I've been here, the first was when it hadn't been open long and I was very young with my parents, (I'm now 48!!) Absolutely amazing! Awesome that we can see and learn about certain sea life that we wouldn't otherwise get to see. Great educational place regarding Scott's Hut etc. Really impressed!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Barbara W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An experience to remember!
    We were only in Auckland for 2 days before joining a cruise. We visited the centre as I love all marine life. We found they exhibits beautiful to watch and stayed for a couple of hours wandering around, had a tasty lunch there and throughly enjoyed the experience. However, I was taken ill just before we were about to go and I must say that the staff were amazing in they way that the helped both me and my husband. They really couldn't do enough for us. Thank you to you all!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
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MumbaiRiders
Mumbai, India1,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
"Kelly Tarlton's sea life aquarium " was opened in 1985 and the brainchild of New Zealand Marine archaeologist and deep sea diver Kelly Tarlton after whom it is named.This aquarium has been built in disused sewage tank's and hence partly below sea level and was the first aquarium in the World to use acrylic based curved tunnels for viewing rather than the normal flat glass viewing aquariums.This aquarium's main attractions are the "ANTARCTICA WORLD" with its King and Gentoo species Penguins and the "UNDERWATER WORLD" exhibiting various fish species including sharks and giant Ray fish.. Viewing the exhibits is by walking in a straight line through a passage pathway and the first exhibit was the replica Hut cabin of South Pole explorer Capt Robert.Falcon.Scott when he lived in the Antarctica during his failed and fatal expedition to be the first to reach the South Pole.
Written 22 April 2024
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Nomad10947309959
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Don't bother prepaying tickets. You won't get parking to actually visit and a refund shouldn't be expected. Parking Nissan absolute joke at any point in the day and you just seem to the congestion circling around in fruitless hopes of visiting the venue.
Written 11 April 2024
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Barbara W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We were only in Auckland for 2 days before joining a cruise. We visited the centre as I love all marine life. We found they exhibits beautiful to watch and stayed for a couple of hours wandering around, had a tasty lunch there and throughly enjoyed the experience. However, I was taken ill just before we were about to go and I must say that the staff were amazing in they way that the helped both me and my husband. They really couldn't do enough for us. Thank you to you all!
Written 7 April 2024
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Stacey S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was only the second time I've been here, the first was when it hadn't been open long and I was very young with my parents, (I'm now 48!!) Absolutely amazing! Awesome that we can see and learn about certain sea life that we wouldn't otherwise get to see. Great educational place regarding Scott's Hut etc. Really impressed!
Written 10 March 2024
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tekohiwi
Whitianga, New Zealand505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Hadn’t been here for over 8 years so it had changed of course but thoroughly enjoyed it. Had lunch at the cafe watching the tide lap against the window. Great displays and highly recommend it. We even saw baby Penguins.
Written 5 March 2024
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Tour41587119905
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The first clue that this aquarium was quite compelling was the fact that on a Tuesday midday, most of the patrons were adults without children. The penguin exhibit was very good, with its giant antarctic penguins waddling around. The turtle tank where they rehabilitate injured giant turtles was a bit vacant as only one turtle missing a flipper was residing. The shark tank with its moving sidewalk inside a tunnel was quite good. Many other colorful fish and attractions complete your day. We accessed the aquarium on the TMK bus from Britomart (about 15 minutes). Be aware they are cashless, so bring your credit card!
Written 13 February 2024
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jojo
Navi Mumbai, India1,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Truely amazing underwater views tunnel from Entry to Exit showing about 30 live awesome animal exhibits and wondrful habitants display. It was wonderful experiennce enjoyed penguins, fish,cafe, views, kids games, shops etc.A Day with the Life of Penguin Keeper was most liked. It was properly maintained and especially kids enjoyed most.
Written 8 February 2024
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Sue H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The experience was wonderful and well worth the cost of admission. Regardless of your age you will really enjoy this experience.
Written 5 February 2024
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Paul R
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Participated in the Shark Dive highly reccomend it to anyone you do not need any experience and the level of instruction and knowledge from Sophie the Instructor was supern
Written 16 January 2024
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Paul R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Participated in the Shark Dive had Sophie as our instructor really enjoyed getting up close to the sharks totally safe and easy to participate with no experience of any kind needed
Written 15 January 2024
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