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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
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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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

One of the best aquariums we went to. They had piranhas! And, they had a great Kiwi display, with two friendly and active Kiwis. They had a great penguin display, with feeding at 1pm, and there are also fish/shark feedings by a diver after 2pm. The sharks aren't as big as the ones you see in Australian aquariums, but still... More

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Nieuw-Lekkerland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Our 2nd visit to aquarium, which I think says enough how we liked it. Lots of fish, lots of info, a beautiful walk through tunnel, penguins and a kiwi house. Fun for kids and adults. Good valua for money. However, it can get crowded when there are school classes visiting.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Good value for money but do not expect too much from this aquarium ... Kelly tartons is much better .. Fish feeding is good .. Saw the penguins they were very small ... Taken only 45 mins to finish the whole tour

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Pirongia, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The exhibits are looking a bit dated however it is possible to see that they are being updated. We arrived 45 minutes before closing and were not sure if we would see everything in that space of time. The staff at the entry very kindly wrote on our entry ticket allowing us to return the next day to finish seeing... More

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Had an enjoyable couple of hours with friends learning more about our wonderful sea life and also got to see a Kiwi which was very exciting.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon. More

Taranaki Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

For a nation surrounded by seas that are mostly not far away we have little in the way of maritime information. It was very interesting and informative.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I love visiting aquariums, and the one in Napier was fantastic. We were able to see a Kiwi which was a highlight of my trip to NZ. Very cheap considering that there was a lot of marine life (I was expecting to pay double what we paid!). Lots of sharks and cool creatures in the tunnel tank. Worth a visit.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Our oceanarium is hugely popular. It is a fantastic way to view marine life common in Hawke Bay waters. The Kiwi are always a bonus! More

Napier, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Although small by international standards, this is an awesome display of sea life plus a cool dinosaur exhibit that explains how NZ fits into the global dinosaur landscape, with a special tribute to Joan Whiffen, Hawkes Bays amateur paleontologist who found out so much about this regions dinosaur inhabitance. The big tank with the travelator is fun for kids and... More

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Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It's great how they fit so much into such a small area.. things aren't over priced either, the penguin's were great & the keepers were very informative with their shows :) defiantly worth a visit..

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

The keepers love sharing their knowledge. I will pass on your feedback. More

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

A wee gem on the Napier coastline. All the family happy to spend an extended morning their getting around the displays and wild life. Highlight was the big tank and tunnel where the fish skim above and around you. Adults can take a coffee with them too.

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