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National Aquarium

Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand
06 835 7579
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Ranked #10 of 16 Attractions in Napier
Owner description: Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa New Zealand's...
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Calgary AB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

A great aquarium with lots to see. Especially enjoyed the feeding of the penguins. The feeding of the fish in the large tank was also great. The diver was very comical and interacted with all the little kids that were watching. Well worth the money spent.

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Broome, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I went on a rainy day with my elderly parents. Wheelchair access was easy. Loved the fact that it was quiet and we spent ages standing watching the big fish and sharks swimming above us. I liked the penguin exhibit, but thought the kiwi exhibit was the best I have seen. It was dark and although there were only two... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A great experience for any age, it is small compared with other Aquariums ive visited but I cant agree that it takes 20 minutes to look round not if you actually are interested in the sea life, the aquarium now has the little blue penguins as well, feeding times are 1.30 for the penguins and 2 pm for the main... More 

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Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

My niece's 4th Birthday Party was held at the aquarium and I highly recommend this venue to anyone thinking of having an event held here! ALL the staff were so helpful on the day of her special party, and the price to hire the event room is very reasonable. If you are thinking of throwing something special for someone important... More 

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Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It is not very big at all. Doesn't take long to look around. It says to have a decent look except two hours. But that is not right, more like 20 or so minutes

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you've been to Kelly Tarltons don't bother going here. Disappointing after costing so much. If this is the best Napier can do that's sad. Spend your money on a good bottle of wine instead.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was surprised with a shark swimming session for my birthday -something I've always wanted to do. You get a half hour snorkel session in the big aquarium tank, where there are decent-sized reef and seven-gilled sharks (2.5m+) plus stingrays and a bunch of other fish. Quite a surreal experience to have a large shark cruising 6 inches underneath you... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I am a massive fan of Fish, whether they be Tropical Fish in a little Fish tank or 7 foot sharks in an Aquarium. This location has both and has them in Spades. Watching the Diver hand feed the Sharks and seeing how they interacted with him was a show stopper that I could have watched for Hours. The Penguin... More 

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience. Penguin Close Encounters are always popular. Next time you visit, try one of our new Close Encounters involving the alligators or the Kiwi & Tuatara. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The sharks are fed by a diver, that was really cool. Other areas include turtles, fish, kiwis, etc. Our 2-years-old daughter really liked it, and so did we.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Our divers love to put on a show. Great entertainment for all ages. If you can plan a visit to take in a feeding session, we recommend it! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I've been here before, and usually I get bored going to places more than once, but not here. A very reasonable price, excellent and wonderful staff, and incredible creatures. I was a little saddened to see some tanks were a bit crowded or just too small, but I understand that the management and staff of the aquarium are doing the... More 

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

It’s always good to hear from a repeat visitor. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. More 

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