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Address: 23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 528 0603
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Description: Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New...
Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World 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 – we offer cage-free shark dives, PADI-recognised diver training, snorkel and scuba safaris through the Oceanarium or the chance to hand-feed the giant stingrays!
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Adorable penguins!

My family of 5 with 3 teens visited here on our recent trip to Auckland. Very easy to get to on the free shuttle from the city. All exhibits underground with a moving footway... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

My family of 5 with 3 teens visited here on our recent trip to Auckland. Very easy to get to on the free shuttle from the city. All exhibits underground with a moving footway tunnel to view the sharks and rays etc. easy to navigate and fascinating for the children. The king penguins were great to see especially the young... More 

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share you review with us. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your recent visit to kelly tarltons SEAL LIFE Aquarium. The penguins are so popular here and I am not shocked to hear that your daughter loved them. We have a daily Penguin talk and feed at 11.30am. You can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Great attraction to fill some time with the kids. Parking is a little difficult to find but I did see they have a cool shark themed shuttle bus that was dropping people off after we arrived. Rotating entrance to underground exhibits was awesome, Penguins were just as awesome. Nice spacious cafè with a massive fish tank right beside. Gift shop... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Loved the Sea Life Aquarium! The Antarctic section was great, loved the big penguins! The shuttle bus was helpful in getting there too.

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Wellington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

the penguin 'enclosure was brilliant. We had an under two year old and had huge trouble getting her to move on, being unclose to the penguins was magic. The aquarium tunnel we as adults enjoyed but penguins reigned supreme as far the junior was concerned. The ticket sale system was confusing, and I went away thinking I had paid more... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you love penguins, you will spend hours looking at these cute, friendly & humorous little creatures. Great photo opportunity, if your quick enough!! Vast array of sea life to view, clean, well set up tanks. Worth a visit when in Auckland. Parking can be an issue, especially on the weekend or school holidays.

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. Our Penguins are fascinating creatures, that you can spend hours watching. I will share your great feedback with our Penguin Keepers who work tirelessly to ensure our birds are happy. We run a complimentary Shuttle Bus (Shark Bus) daily from the city centre to kelly Tarltons every hour. Thank... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I've not been to Kelly Tarltons for more than 10 years, so it was nice to refresh the experience recently. The opportunity to learn more about Scott's antartic adventures and see Penguins up close was rewarding. But the best part was revisiting the underwater aquarium that I remembered from earlier visits. It was also nice to be reminded of the... More 

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear your great review f you recent visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. It is great to read that after 10 years we are still wowing our amazing guests. I will pass on your wonderful comments with all our staff. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A wonderful experience to visit this place, loads fish as you would expect very well done, not sure but think it was built in old water works or some industrial building, but the penguin display brilliant almost an artic experience real funny to see them jumping in and out the water, would recommend

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. It is great to hear that you really enjoyed your visit. Our penguins are very popular here and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed them too. The aquarium was built thirty years ago by Kelly Tarlton in disused sewerage holding tanks,... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the day with my mum here, the Penguins are adorable and follow you around the glass, one even followed me as I stared at him whilst swimming and following me in the one part, I liked the aquarium part where you go around a conveyor belt, made me feel a bit silly and the kid came out in... More 

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear that you had a wonderful visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE aquarium. The penguins and sharks are very popular and much loved and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed seeing them too. Thank you again for your amazing feedback that I will be sure to share with all... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Good attraction, but value for money compared to other Auckland attractions isn't very good. Personally think it's overpriced. Photo memorabilia is an extra and also pricey. The exhibits are great, and the kids love the penguins, but the kids found the exhibits boring (10 & 6). Otherwise, a great day to waste a day..

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad you enjoyed your visit, we have daily talks and feeds that are very entertaining and educational. These are great to see to enhance your visit. I appreciate your feedback regarding our pricing. Kelly Tarlton's, has high operating costs due to our... More 

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36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The highlight is undoubtedly the encounter with the penguins. There are many of them, moving around on their own. These little buddies are so lovely. You can keep on staring at them and do not want to leave. But, if you do not fancy penguins, there may not be much to keep you staying in the Aquarium.

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KTs_Phil_McG, Manager at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am glad to hear that you really enjoyed your visit. the Penguins are very popular especially the King chicks. The feed and talk we do daily at 11.30am is a highlight of the day. We also have a variety of other feeds and talks throughout the day -... More 

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Address: 23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 528 0603
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
Open Hours:
Sunday 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

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