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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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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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  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
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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"
in 69 reviews
"marine life"
in 45 reviews
"blue penguins"
in 38 reviews
"birthday party"
in 28 reviews
"feeding times"
in 28 reviews
"kelly tarltons"
in 21 reviews
"kiwi enclosure"
in 19 reviews
"swim with the sharks"
in 18 reviews
"big tank"
in 17 reviews
"moving walkway"
in 16 reviews
"sea creatures"
in 15 reviews
"rainy day"
in 44 reviews
"kids and adults"
in 14 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 47 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 35 reviews
"entry fee"
in 13 reviews
"new zealand"
in 61 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited only a part of the aquarium as part of a tour party. We saw the kiwis and the blue penguins. The penguin enclosure was lovely, very bright and open with plenty of room for a number of people to see the penguins easily.

Thank Brenda L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I visited the aquarium with my parents one weekday afternoon on a recent holiday to Napier. We timed our visit to include the penguin feedings at 1:30pm (10mins) & Shark feeding at 2pm (15mins), which I would recommend doing. I would recommend allowing 2.5-3hrs if...More

Thank BeckstarX
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a great time at the Aquarium! A decently sized place, it took us a while to wander around. There were lots of interesting species to see. I enjoyed the friendly alligator who swam up to the corner of its enclosure to stare at...More

Thank Arlene B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been here when I was a kid and wanted to go back for a look. I also wanted to show my Aussie Partner a Kiwi and the (dead) giant squid that is on show. Unfortunately the kiwis were in hiding so he didn't get...More

Thank KBlakeNZ
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great attraction with plenty of interesting fish such as Pirana and Shark's to view. Penguin enclosure is awesome with each bird having it's own story of how it ended up here. Also very impressive is the preserved Giant Squid and the Megladon...More

Thank allanrmckenzie2016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

NZ National Aquarium - I don’t think so. One of the first tanks we came to had 2 large endangered eels - dead they would have been better off in their natural habitat at least they would have had a chance. The general well being...More

Thank Noeline S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here on our first day in Napier, a nice and relaxing place to visit after a whole morning of traveling. One of the biggest surprises is that I got to see kiwi birds so closely which are just literally a piece of glass away....More

Thank Mick Y
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We felt this was good value for money, we caught the penguin and shark feeding which the kids still talk about. It has informative information, kids activities and the gift shop was reasonably priced the kids got to spend their pocket money on some momentos.

Thank andreandshell
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really good selection of sea life well presented. The staff are very helpful and can easily be approached to answer any questions.

Thank Wendy F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great aquarium with a huge variety of sealife. We actually found Nemo here. They also have a dedicated penguin area and at certain times you can observe the feeding. Well worth a visit

Thank butterflydiva7
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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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