National Aquarium of New Zealand

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National Aquarium of New Zealand

National Aquarium of New Zealand
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Aquarium of New Zealand, on Napier’s Marine Parade, is home to over 100 rich and diverse saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world. You can view native saltwater and freshwater species, as well as exotic reef and deep-sea fish from around the world. Meet the famous Naughty and Good Little Penguins! The kiwi, tuatara and penguin enclosures provide an insight into New Zealand's most precious species. Also on exhibition are species from the Americas, Asia and Australia, including piranhas. Allow one to two hours to make the most of your visit or book a close encounter with our Little Penguins, Piranha, Tuatara or Kiwi. Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm. Last entry is at 4.30pm. Daily feeding times are 10am for the reef fish and 2pm for the sharks. The penguins are fed at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
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Danielle
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
The penguin experience was wonderful! Very informative, lovely staff and the penguins were beautiful!! Such little characters!
Written 9 May 2022
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StaceyCheer
Arapuni, New Zealand145 contributions
Apr 2022
Really enjoyed this aquarium. Especially loved the penguins and the turtles! Had a lovely coffee and scones at the cafe, and a wee bit of retail therapy in the shop!
Written 11 April 2022
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Dani
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
I would not recommend, over priced and hardly any fish. We thought given it was the national aquarium it would be impressive, we were very very wrong.
Written 24 March 2022
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Nicole
66 contributions
Jan 2022
I expected a lot from our national aquarium, but was disappointed. There weren't as many varieties of fish etc as I thought, and the enclosures were rather small and I ended up feeling sorry for a lot of the animals, some of which looked particularly unhappy (seahorses and turtle). I couldn't believe how little time it took to walk through the entire thing (though I skipped the kid learning areas), especially as I took my time. No sign of the kiwi either. The only saving grace really was the little blue penguins - it's great to see that the penguins who have been injured and wouldn't survive in the wild can find a home here. The commentary was awkward though, as was the commentary that accompanied the divers in the main tank. There definitely needs to be some spark added to this aquarium.
Written 19 February 2022
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heidijeju
Jeju, South Korea34 contributions
Feb 2022
It was a rainy day but we enjoyed our visit, especially the T-Rex giving us a roar! Loved the rays in the overhead tank. Friendly staff :)
Written 16 February 2022
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Karamjeev K
Auckland, New Zealand28 contributions
Jan 2022
My son had a good time , in the aquarium . Also we enjoyed it . The penguin enclosure was very nice and we loved everything there.
Written 24 January 2022
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janicexbrown
Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Not a huge exhibition but definitely well worth the visit. It helps children to learn about fish and sea creatures in a fun way.
Written 31 December 2021
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russlo
Christchurch, New Zealand102 contributions
Oct 2021
We enjoyed our visit here. It was just after the school holidays so we had it almost all to ourselves. The people we encountered that worked here were all very pleasant and happy to answer questions. Very nice place to visit.
Written 8 November 2021
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Ange M
1 contribution
Feb 2021 • Family
Run down. In desperate need of maintenance, for the sake of those poor animals. Animals look sad, in tiny enclosures. Feel so sorry for Terry the turtle, spent nearly 50 years in a closure far too small for him. Cruel. Sharks have grazed noses from hitting the glass :(
Written 30 October 2021
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Teresa E
4 contributions
Oct 2021
So much the grandchildren couldn't do due to
Covid restrictions, very sad as we have visited before & it was amazing
Written 12 October 2021
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