SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, Auckland Central: Hours, Address, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Reviews: 4/5

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
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Ballets • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Aquariums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
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 tank and go snorkeling with 14 massive sharks or jump on the ice and get up close and personal with the King and Gentoo penguins!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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3,005 reviews
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538
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kaatyn
Bunbury, Australia350 contributions
Very Popular
What a wonderful place in memory of someone who had such a passion for marine life.
This is somewhere where you could spend all day at. Don't rush through.... take your time as there is so much to see.
If possible...... Hop on and off a bus or a taxi as parking overflows onto the road with its popularity.
Written 22 May 2021
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Jasper
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Awesome, fun thing to do with the family.
Apr 2021 • Family
My son had a fabulous time seeing sharks, turtles, penguins and stingrays for the first time. Me and my wife also had a great time telling him about his encounters with these wondefful sea creatures.
Written 27 April 2021
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Rebecca
6 contributions
Up close and personal
Dec 2020 • Couples
I've wanted to do the penguin experience for so long and was lucky enough to have my partner buy it for my birthday in December. Everything about this experience was amazing.

It was us and another couple and we started off with our guides (Nicky and Kiara) taking to the front of house penguin area where they told us a few facts about the penguins before quickly taking us into the back area to get ready for the ice.

Honestly if you've ever seen random people or keepers on the ice and thought that looks so cool I can confirm its amazing being on the other side of it. We were lucky enough to get an up close look at a couple of the penguin chick's before sitting down to chill with them.

I loved being able to ask all of my questions cause I had a fair few and I learnt so much like how there are gay penguin couples who some times raise chicks.

I would 100/10 recommend doing this to the point where I would quite happily pay to do it again.
Written 28 February 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for your lovely review! It is great to hear that you had such a good time on our Penguin Passport experience. We are glad that our up close encounter lived up to your expectations. Our Penguin Keepers love sharing their feathery facts with our visitors! We hope you swim in to see us again soon. Kind regards, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written 30 March 2021
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millie usher
1 contribution
AMAZING
Mar 2020
Went before the lockdown and we still talk about our experience to this day, hence why I am leaving this review now! Fantastic day out and lovely staff!
Written 25 February 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for leaving such a lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. I will pass your kind comments to our staff. Thank you again and hope to "sea" you again soon! Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written 30 March 2021
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Nadine
North Shore, New Zealand5 contributions
Kids loved it!
Lovely being able to take children and seeing their excitement from all the sea life. Great walk through experience
Written 21 February 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for your kind words. We are glad that you and your children enjoyed your visit and we hope you swim back on in soon! Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written 30 March 2021
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Trina
14 contributions
Awesome
Jan 2021
A really cool set up and the penguins were a definite highlight. My daughter loved the wall where the sea came right up to it. Pretty pricey but still worth it for what you see.
Take your AA card cos this gives you a discount but no-one at the counter asks if you have one (I didn't realise this until we had been!)
Written 2 February 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to leave a review! It is so nice to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed your visit - the penguins often do steal the show. I hope we will be seeing you both again soon. Kind regards, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
Written 27 February 2021
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Georgia
1 contribution
Amazing Animals, Poor Service
Jan 2021
The animals were amazing, it was the people who made out experience average. We purchased our tickets online so we could skip the line, but no one was keeping the lines organized so we ended up waiting for 30+ minutes behind people who were waiting to buy and book things. The staff could have showed some initiative and had one person serving online customers to speed things up. This was frustrating because we only had the morning to be there before we had to go to the airport. I bought an activity pack for my niece and it was missing half of the stuff it was supposed to have in it. We ordered coffee, one with soy, and this got mixed up so my sister got an upset stomach which was unpleasant on the plane ride home.
Written 24 January 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Many apologies for the delay in replying. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed seeing the animals and sorry to hear that other aspects of your visit were not up to your expectations. We really appreciate your support and I have passed on your feedback to our team. Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written 30 March 2021
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carl
5 contributions
great spo
Jan 2021
great place to take the kids,easy to get around and to see the animals that close great day,take your time as there is so much to see
Written 21 January 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for your lovely review! It is great to know that you had such a good time with us and I hope that we will see you and the kids back again soon. Kind regards, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written 1 February 2021
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melissasO2213BS
Rotorua, New Zealand68 contributions
Loved the penguins
Jan 2021 • Family
A great afternoon visit to Kelly Tarlton’s. We loved the penguins, turtles and sharks especially. The exhibits are well laid out and include heaps of interesting information. Cafe has some tasty items - I had a delicious blueberry muffin. Parking onsite. Staff are friendly.
Written 20 January 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for your lovely review! I will be sure to pass your kind words onto the on-site team who will be so pleased to hear them. It sounds like you made the most of your time with us, and we certainly hope to see you back again soon. Kind regards, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written 1 February 2021
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,002 contributions
Sharks
Many years aince we had been through Kelly Tarton's. The main reason was to see the sharks as my daughter loves them. Try the dive with them as I did that a few years ago. You can get cheaper tickets online, but managed to get 20% off from a leaflet so look around for discounts.
Written 14 January 2021
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Kia ora. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed seeing our sharks. We hope to "sea" you again soon! Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
Written 31 March 2021
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