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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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Fantastic view of sea kife.

The penguins and sharks were our favourite. Got to see the sharks being fed, was an amazing experience. Unfortunately the café was below average. The buns on rolls were stale and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The penguins and sharks were our favourite. Got to see the sharks being fed, was an amazing experience. Unfortunately the café was below average. The buns on rolls were stale and the pies were soggy - they had been frozen and heated in microwave. The tables were dirty and had left over food on them for the whole time we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Family outing with 8yo and 4.5yo girls. The highlight was the penguins, so many of them to see. The stingray feeding was also fun to watch. Playground was fun for the girls while we had a coffee. Good amount of sea life to see and learn about

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Tampa, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you enjoys aquariums and/or may dreams of visiting Antarctica one day, this place is for you. It displays the largest Antarctica largest penguin colony outside of Antarctica. The penguins were adorably interactive - as interested in us as we in them. This was clearly a highlight! There was a lot of interesting and educational information on Antarctica and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

WE took the kids there because they wanted to see what it was like and they loved it all the animals in the tank evan above there head it was a great day out for all the family

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Being mentioned and advertised everywhere, I was rather disappointed, because what I saw wasn't as grant as I had thought would be. It was, interesting and educating. It just wasn't as I had pictured in mind.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

WOW!!!!!!! What a fantabulous place to visit. Penguins, OMG they are amazing, turtles, sharks and sting-rays, what an absolutely fantastic place to visit and to take the kids to,even better for the big kids of us who just loved it.

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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 visit with us. I am glad to hear that you loved your visit to Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. Our team will be so happy to hear your positive comments. We work tirelessly to ensure our attraction is up to date and educational. We run a daily feeding schedule that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

My boyfriend and i made a last minute decision to visit after another activity was cancelled due to weather. We were able to pre purchase tickets and would highly recommend as there is a priority line if you already have your ticket and you pretty much just walk straight through. We made it just in time for the penguin feeding... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review of Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. Our penguins are amazing, so popular with all our guests and staff and I am glad to hear that you loved them too. The penguin feed is a personal favourite and I always learn something new each time. THank you again for your review More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I find this place a little expensive for what you get and can be over quite quickly. Although I would recommend the diving experience with the sharks. We were well looked after and really enjoyed the day and getting that close to some of the sharks. Even though we know the glass is magnified the sharks can still be a... 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 of Kelly Tarltons SEA LIFE Aquarium. I am very happy to hear that you really enjoyed your Shark Dive experience. It is such an unique experience. You may be surprised to know that the tunnels are not magnified, it is in fact the opposite. The Sharks look thirty percent smaller from the travelator due to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I quite enjoyed my time here at the aquarium, the only downside is that i thought there would be more to see and do and a lot bigger....otherwise we had a great day out. Fairly expensive for what it is to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The aquarium is a place you want to visit if you have kids. The settings is well done, much knowledge is included with the exhibits. It is cheaper to buy your tickets online. The aquarium is located just outside town. They do provide a shuttle to the aquarium which is free of charge. Please note that you should visit the... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visit with us. I am glad you enjoyed your visit at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. There is a lot to do and see here, we have a wide range of daily talks and feeds that are a great way to learn even more about the amazing animals we have... 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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