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Address: Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06 835 7579
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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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Actual kiwi and penguin sighting

Our one regret during our visit to New Zealand was that we had never seen either penguins or kiwis in the wild. We were delighted to be there both for the kiwi and the penguin... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Shanghai, China
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Our one regret during our visit to New Zealand was that we had never seen either penguins or kiwis in the wild. We were delighted to be there both for the kiwi and the penguin feeding. While the kiwis are very quiet and shy but perked up when the food arrived, the SMall Penguins were regular entertainers. They are all... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The Aquarium was well organized and except for the underwater tube, was fairly anticlimactic. I feel like it is set up beautiful for children and fairly simple for adults. Having said that we heard many people on our cruise ship talk about how fantastic it was. We live in California and unfortunately we compare it to the Monterey Aquarium, and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We recently had our sons 1st birthday party at the aquarium. As we live in Auckland I had organise everything over the phone with Brenda. She was amazing! Couldn't of been more helpful. Nothing was too big or too small to ask her. She assured me the whole time everything was taken care of and there was no need to... More 

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Templepatrick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had a lovely day out here enjoying the fishes. There was something there for everyone. The only disopointment was some of the information boards seemed out of date, so you were reading about things that weren't in the tanks. Otherwise great day out! Penguins are fed at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and the Sharks are fed at 2pm.

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Wellington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was okay but not really happy about the conditions of the park. And it was a little on the pricey side.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you haven't been to Kelly Tarltons In Auckland, then this is a goodoption. Penguins most disappointing, unless you organise to be there for feeding time (which we didn't know in advance) although you can come back as many times as you like in that day on your ticket. Lots of variety, would be excellent on a rainy day with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Visited quite a few aquariums around the world but this one has caught up with the best. Much better lighting allows visitors to see the exhibits more clearly than most where simi-darkness seems to be favoured. Great food and reasonable prices in the cafe and the shop has moved away from plastic/jelly rubbish for kids to a good selection of... More 

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

We are pleased you had a great time with us and shared your experience. More 

Napier, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It's a good one. All our visitors and grand kids love it. The range of fish and aquatic life is great and swimming with the sharks well worth it.

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and commenting. More 

New Zealand
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is a very nice aquarium. The penguin feeding time is cute. There is information about dinosaurs. Lots of fish to see. You can even go scuba diving in the tank with the sharks, if that is something you are interested in. It is a great rainy day activity. That being said, it is not the biggest aquarium (if you... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Brilliant, Great experience for the kids and adults alike... A chance to swim with sharks if you desire! Great Displays and fantastic aquariums with so many varieties of fish life

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Close Encounters such as ‘Swim with the Sharks’ are a great way to experience another aspect of what we have to offer. Thank you for visiting. More 

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