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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“penguin feeding” (69 reviews)
“marine life” (44 reviews)
“blue penguins” (41 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 44 reviews
"blue penguins"
in 41 reviews
"feeding times"
in 27 reviews
"main tank"
in 21 reviews
"big tank"
in 19 reviews
"kiwi enclosure"
in 18 reviews
"shark tank"
in 18 reviews
"moving walkway"
in 16 reviews
"sea creatures"
in 14 reviews
"rainy day"
in 44 reviews
"kids and adults"
in 14 reviews
"entry fee"
in 14 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 44 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 34 reviews
"great attraction"
in 11 reviews
"new zealand"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an ideal place to visit especially when it was cold and raining outside. The feeding of the penguin and sharks was great

Thank Russ W
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

While it is a good attraction particularly at feeding time the cost will put a lot of people off It is an expensive place to operate. Of course half price weekend was advertised the day after the visit but would have been too late. The...More

Thank Mary K
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A nice aquarium, some fantastic exhibits, especially the ocean view walk through tunnel. Some great work being done here, if your in Napier you must go and see / support the aquarium.

Thank Mark E
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a good visit here with the family. We were really lucky to be watching the kiwi running around in their enclosure, and also having a running commentary by the keeper. Lots to see and learn here.

Thank Warwick B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The National aquarium is really worth visiting. It’s a nice experience to walk through the aquarium in the tunnel and see the sharks and stingrays from close by. Beside the fish you can also see turtles, lizards, blue penguins and others. Also a good opportunity...More

Thank Nikki W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the aquarium today, it was raining in Napier and thought we would like to still do something. Stumbled across the aquarium and for $22 an adult we were pleasantly surprised. We though it would've just been for kids but so wrong! With great exhibits...More

Thank Kristie W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not particularly large, the variety of marine life is also limited. However, it is a caring and environmentally friendly place. Great for the family to visit together. The cafe and souvenir shop inside are well worth a visit. It is recommended to stay for 1...More

Thank CHAO J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great visit here. The Penguin feeding was excellent. I don't normally like to see animals in captivity but these little fellas cannot be returned to the wild .So excited to see two Kiwis cavorting in front of the window of their special enclosure. Tip-go when...More

Thank HollyFan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool stop to end our visit to napier Watched the penguins and sharks being fed which made the visit $22 per person for 2 hours entertainment wasn’t too bad

Thank sambI9563AR
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the educational aspects of the Aquarium now. So many things to see and do. Love walking through the main aquarium tracks underneath where the fish ( and sharks) swim above you

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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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