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Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

Address: 23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 9 528 0603
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$36*
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Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
72%
Ranked #24 of 88 Attractions in Auckland
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ballets, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ballets, Zoos & Aquariums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Lethbridge, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This aquarium is amazing. Very interactive and lots of things to keep you busy while touring through. The penguin exhibit is awesome and you can get really close to them. It was one of the highlights of our Auckland trip. Really nice and clean facility with food available if you want. The gift shop is huge and full of stuff,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Visited on a recent NZ trip. Half day here, and half day at the Auckland Zoo. It is a very interesting use of space at the location. The penguins are amazing - really enjoyed that area. The walk through aquarium was great - spent a lot of time there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this aquarium which provides information on the antarctic, and excellent sea life exhibitions. Loved the penguins, sea horses and sharks especially.

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

So I signed up for the Xtreme Shark Dive through the aquarium directly (note: please reconfirm the dive times in advance because I was supposed to dive with one other person who never showed up and i found out later it was because their ticket had the wrong dive times on it. it is possible they could have booked through... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Great fun, I really Enjoy the day out with the family see things you don't normally see! everyone loved it, takes me back to being a kid and sleeping in the sea walk way !

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Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

An interesting but otherwise ok aquarium with highlights of Penguins and Antarctic which are pretty interesting. Queue can be long especially during weekends or holiday. Fishy smell to get used to.

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The ultimate fishy experience... Sharks, penguins, seahorses and so much more.The local bus ride was an ideal beginning to the mini adventure as it takes you along the coast. Once you arrive you enter this underwater aquarium. It's not just for children...adults should wander in to experience this. The staff are very friendly. Once you finish there...it's right across from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I enjoyed my time at sea life but it is way overpriced for what it is. small and takes no time to get through even when looking at every single creature. A good place to spend a couple of hours though if the weather is awful like it was today. Basically, an average overpriced aquarium. I've been to better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Been years since I took my own children here. Many years later, took my two grandchildren and my youngest daughter who couldn't remember cause she was so young at the time. Awesome attraction. Be nice to have some feeders and customer interaction. Give the feeders a microphone and tell us what they doing and some nice info. Some snapper were... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This met and exceeded my expectations. I've never knew there were so many types of seahorses. I couldn't move away from the penguins both King & Gentoo's. Loved the revolving circle with sharks above your head!

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