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National Aquarium

Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand
06 835 7579
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Ranked #11 of 16 attractions in Napier
Type: Aquariums
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... more » 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 « less
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Masterton, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our time here. Very modern and a lot of things to see and a great place. Will highly recommend this place. A camera is a must. Even the kiwis were out.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We found this place friendly,informative,great views of the sea life.It was well laid out and very reasonable in entry fee. I would go back again.

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Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A great day out for family. Well presented, clean, good interaction, plenty to see for all ages. The little Penguins were fascinating & the moving walkway in the tunnel is easy to get on & off. New displays being set up. Nice Cafe

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Warragul, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Well set out and easy access to all exhibits. Our three year old loved seeing the Little Penguins being fed and the enthusiastic commentary. They have a great season pass for children that allows them to visit regularly with any adult. A great idea if you live locally. The moving pathway around the large shark aquarium is a good way... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great aquarium, well laid out and super for kids, activities laid on. Quite compact and easy to access. Nice little cafe and shop.

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Brisbane, Australia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The aquarium is not very large and has some displays that are definitely not aquarium related. We did the penguin experience which was fantastic and worth every cent to be able to walk among these beautiful little fairy penguins and feed them was a definite high for us all.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

we enjoyed our time there, the kids got a free tour by the penquin lady which was very friendly and helpful and even brought some penquin fur out for kids to touch. We enjoyed the shark feeding times to ;) soooo fun and entertaining. We will be back.

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

At the NZ National Aquarium, SCUBA divers can register to be the "guest diver" for the day! This was one of the most amazing adventures ever! In addition to seeing this amazing aquarium behind-the-scenes, I got to feed the sharks in the tank with Reiss, who is one of the divers there who also taught me a lot about marine... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I had lots of fun visiting the aquarium with my partner. Staying for the feeding of the penguins is worth waiting for because they're so cute and it's really interesting. Staff were friendly and not bad value. Its worth doing and next time im in Napier Weather really bad up here at mo and i was drivng so didnt want... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The children loves it especially when the visit coincide with the feeding times. Having seen the sharks (not the Big White) being fed, we also had the chance to see the penguins having their meals. The exhibits are fine but having been to the Resorts World Sentosa's oceanarium, I would be a little muted with my praises. But the bonus... More

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