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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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Napier, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I have visited a few aquariums in my time and I find this to be on par with the best. Of course you have the range of tropical fish attractions and why not check out the lizards. The large tank is amazing and very clean with stingrays and sharks for kids to look at. Hop on the travelator and experience... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

ended up in Napier on a road trip. saw this place and thought it looked like a nice place to stop for a couple of hours for a rest. when we found out it was $20 each i was a bit reluctant but my son was excited so, with gritted teeth, we went in. it is an ok place the... More

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Me and my bestie went to the aquarium on a Friday afternoon while on holiday. It's not the biggest aquarium but there's lots to see! The staff on reception were really helpful at telling us times of feeding (we saw the penguins get fed at 3.30) and best place to start, etc. We ate at the café beforehand, food wasn't... More

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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

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