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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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The aquarium is quite small and compared to Sydney Aquarium not as exciting. But it had some really... read more

Reviewed today
Joanne N
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Compact but good!

Although this is a small aquarium, it houses a wide range of aquatic animals and wildlife from New... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
SuzieLee71
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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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“penguin feeding” (69 reviews)
“marine life” (45 reviews)
“blue penguins” (38 reviews)
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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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+64 6-834 1404
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"penguin feeding"
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"marine life"
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"blue penguins"
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"birthday party"
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"feeding times"
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"kelly tarltons"
in 21 reviews
"kiwi enclosure"
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"swim with the sharks"
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"big tank"
in 17 reviews
"moving walkway"
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"sea creatures"
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"rainy day"
in 44 reviews
"kids and adults"
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"worth a visit"
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"couple of hours"
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Reviewed today via mobile

The aquarium is quite small and compared to Sydney Aquarium not as exciting. But it had some really lovely touches in it and was priced very reasonably. The smaller crowds made it bearable with young children as it wasn't as overwhelming as Sydney.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Although this is a small aquarium, it houses a wide range of aquatic animals and wildlife from New Zealand and around the world. We arrived at around lunch time and we got to see the penguin feeding and the Oceanarium feeding (including sharks and rays)....More

Thank SuzieLee71
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We do like an aquarium to be honest so this was always on our Napier to do list. It was worth it for feeding time with the blue penguins. There isn't that many of them but they all have a story and were very cute....More

Thank Hayley S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Napier was very nice and interesting. The Art Deco reconstruction of the town is unique. (After its almost total destruction by an earthquake and fire, they rebuilt the entire town, or most of it, in an art deco motif. Hasting was re-built in a Spanish...More

Thank Charles C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would consider this to be the second best Aquarium I have visited, Sentosa Island being the best. A few of the locals had told us they were disappointed when the Aquarium was opened, because they thought it would have been bigger, but I didn't...More

1  Thank Graeme H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely aquarium in beautiful Napier! We only had a short time to visit during our cruise stop but still managed a couple of laps. Have to say I was entranced by the beautiful kiwi!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in Napier, this is worth the visit. I visited with my parents and nearly 9 year old daughter and we all enjoyed it. I have been to Kelly Tarltons in Auckland many times and I actually enjoyed this more as there was...More

1  Thank BecsGNZ
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our daughters (1yr and 4yrs) here for a morning and had a great time. The girls loved the huge range of fish and we really enjoyed watching the penguins being fed. The diver feeding the fish in the big tank was a definite...More

Thank BarneyRe
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well layed out, with different sections to keep the family interested. The kids science area (where they can get dressed up) was a hit, as was the actual aquarium. We struck it Lucky and got to see the penguin feeding - kids loved it!

Thank Dave A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had time to kill while waiting for a flight so I went to the National Aquarium. While I can see the benefits of the aquarium being there I was disappointed. Imagined something like Kelly Tarltons having been there some years ago, but I was...More

Thank kiwi353
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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
24 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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