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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand
64 9 528 0603
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Auckland Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Ranked #25 of 88 Attractions in Auckland
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ballets, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins and offers a myriad of opportunities to get up close and personal with incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans.For a truly incredible experience, take the plunge on an Animal Adventure – we offer cage-free shark dives, PADI-recognised diver training, snorkel and scuba safaris through the Oceanarium or the chance to hand-feed the giant stingrays!
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We had read wonderful things about this aquarium and were terribly disappointed. The cost to get in was exorbitant, and the exhibits did not justify it. I realize we are spoiled by our local aquarium (the Shedd in Chicago), but this truly felt small and unkempt. We were through the whole place in less than an hour.

Visited November 2012
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“Enjoyable penguins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

We were there with a huge number of screaming children and babies (does a 1 yr old enjoy penguins?). Nonetheless, the penguins were cute, the sharks menacing, the giant squid disturbing, and the exhibits informative. Had a good time.

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“Worth visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The free bus comes only at half past the hour (9:30, 10:30, etc). The bus only seats 21 persons and if there are more waiting, the rest misses out.

You can get 10% discount booking online or use the discount coupons in the visitor’s guide,
I thought the penguins were the highlight. If you never get the chance to visit Antarctica, this is the closest you will visit the Emperor’s Penguins.

The underwater walkway was also very nice. Close ups of sharks, sting rays, etc.
The café was built with windows against the sea front so you can see the waves pounding the walls. Quite a sight.

Visited November 2012
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“So much to see.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Could have spent all day there. Loads to see and learn. Great family day out. Wished the cafe was better.

Visited January 2012
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“Small but nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is a very nice place and very well done. Located on Tamaki drive between Mission Bay and Okahu Bay, it is very easy to get there. Although I went there quite a long time ago, I remember having a very good time with my friends. Not just for kids but older people can have a great time there. Seeing the sharks above us was the best.

Visited October 2012
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