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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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We took our grandchildren 3 years and 1 year old in the morning and had a great time. Made all the better with the return entry later in the afternoon after the little one had ha... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We took our grandchildren 3 years and 1 year old in the morning and had a great time. Made all the better with the return entry later in the afternoon after the little one had ha a sleep. The second time was even better as the children knew what they were looking for. The play area was also much appreciated... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

It's been a few years since I've been to Kelly's. They no longer have the little ride on tour which was fun, now it's a conveyor belt or a walk around the underground aquarium. A good selection of things to see, and it was nice to get closer to the Penguins albeit through the window but it's great you can... More 

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Oakhurst, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We did the Penguin Experience at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. They only let 4 people per day go inside the penguin habitat. You have to plan ahead for that. We were so fortunate to be up close and personal with the penguins. We also got a behind the scenes tour with lots of extra information. The penguins are amazing!... More 

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Suva, Fiji
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The aquarium was built by Kelly who died only after 7 years of operation. The Aquarium is rich in history. Kids are sure to love.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I think this aquarium is especially nice for children. I feel it cannot compare to some modern large aquariums that I have seen, but for me at least, it was unique in that part of it was overhead, giving you the impression that you are underwater. It is not particularly large but you are able to see the fish and... 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 glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Everyday we hold various animal feeds and talks that are very intresting and are a great way to learn more about New Zealand marine Life. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Display of NZs Antarctica station is very informative. nice place to see the Penguin colony in Auckland. Watching marine life on conveyor belt is good experience. Children have good time here.

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

Thank you for your response regarding your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium. We love to hear you had fun seeing some of our wonderful animals. We’re glad you enjoyed our lovely penguins. We hope you got the chance to watch our penguin feed we run each day at 11.30am as many guests tell us it’s a highlight... More 

Porirua, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Was lovely to visit here again. Saw lots of penguins close up and enjoyed the talk, not so much the stingray one where other peoples kids kept standing up and down and talking throughout it. And once again enjoyed the conveyor belt trip under the shark tanks etc. Book online for discount.

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

Thank you for your response regarding your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your visit. We are glad to see that you liked many of our highlights – our wonderful penguins, our famous shark tunnel and all the different varieties of sea life we have here on display. We hope to see... More 

Wasilla
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We found this tour by accident, and it is sooooooo worth the money, as it includes the round trip Aquarium bus service way on the other side of the bay. There are penguins of all types in their own frozen room complete with sea water to swim in. It is fun to watch them dive in and them waddle back.... More 

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

Thank you for your response regarding your recent visit to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium. It is great to hear you had a fantastic time here. Our penguins are very popular and its lovely to hear you enjoyed them too. It is wonderful you got to experience some of our fantastic feedings which happen daily. We hope you visit us... More 

Aylesbury
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Really interesting tour. free bus from city for 10 min ride out to the venue. buy tickets in town at souvenir shop near bus pick up and save $$. Sets for Scott of Antarctic, rotating barrel walk, walk round under the sea experience, seahorse tanks to name but a few Good way to spend a couple of hours particularly if... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your positive feedback with us. I am so glad to hear that you had a great visit. I will be sure to let all our staff know who work so hard to make Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium an excellant place to visit. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Do not buy tickets using the aquarium site before checking the Global Culture store, at Quay St., where the shark bus start. Some days they seel tickets up to 10 dollars lower than the site prices.

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

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our unique attraction. Sometimes we do deals within the city but this is not the norm. Thank you again for your review More 

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