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Address: Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06 835 7579
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa...
Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including sharks, stingrays, living coral, kiwi, tuatara and a huge range of fish species. A fun and educational place to visit for all the family. Located in Napier, the National Aquarium is one of the premier Hawke's Bay Tourist Attractions. Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4:30pm, closed Christmas Day
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An interesting day

Went there this afternoon and enjoyed it. Lots of things to see, including the unusually spritely kiwi bird, sharks, turtles and of course the injured penguins (which we saw being... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Tokyo, Japan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What a felling i got after entering inside this aquarium .A beautiful creation of man.love it highly recomended .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went there this afternoon and enjoyed it. Lots of things to see, including the unusually spritely kiwi bird, sharks, turtles and of course the injured penguins (which we saw being fed). I don't really like seeing animals in captivity but, hey, what ya gonna do... it cost us $20 each to get in and I think that was a good... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Imaginative and visitor-friendly layout of a comprehensive collection of NZ's aquatic life. The moving walkways past the fishes especially good; and the kiwis in the kiwi house were clearly in feeding mode at the time of our visit.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Small, bad light in the aquarium, not a lot saltwater fish. Shark was hurt on the face. Good to see reptiles and kiwi. The place is to small for 20$

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and providing feedback. More 

Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I took my grandsons here on a a very cold day in the holidays. Perfect , very safe and lots to see even though they have been a few times before they were delighted with their experience.We were in time for the feeding of the fish by the diver in the main tank. What an entertainer he proved to be,... More 

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

We appreciate you sharing your experience. The divers will be chuffed to hear your feedback. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The lovely lady at the front desk was FANTASTIC! I have been to places that have a bit more attractions... BUT I really did enjoy the aquarium.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

I will be sure to let the admissions staff know that they made such a great impression, thank you for letting us know. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Excellent facility, a wee bit pricy if we didnt have the 50% discount. Enjoyed the fish feeding entertainment, wasn't just feeding fish. Alot learnt by our whole family - aged 16 months to 69 years. A very comfy cafe too.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

The Aquarium definitely has something for all ages. Thank you for commenting. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Amazing is one way to put it! I had my daughters birthday here and the service we got was just brilliant! Soo happy with how the day went ! Such friendly staff and so helpful. Everything ran so smoothly and the kids and adults had a fantastic time. Very very happy with it all. Thank you tons ! :) highly... More 

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Fantastic to hear your daughter’s special day went well and we were able to help with that. I will be sure to pass your feedback on to the team. Thank you. More 

Waikato Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It was one of the things we wanted to do on our trip, and we were pleased with the amount of things to see while here very interactive if you are taking kids

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Thank you for visiting and taking the time to give us feedback More 

Havelock North
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Great holiday programmes for younger children, we left our 3 in their capable hands and they had a ball.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Holiday programmes are a great chance to do something extra behind the scenes that general admission can’t provide and are always popular. We are pleased the kids enjoyed it. More 

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