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“Shark diving in the tank” 4 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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$36*
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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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“Shark diving in the tank”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

A fabulous present from my wife and something the whole family came along to watch. Great experience to be on the inside looking out for once, the kids loved it and it w really cool.
I now know how the fish feel and I got to wave to everyone looking in.

Visited December 2012
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“Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

We took visitors here today having not been there in a very long time. Although it was fairly pricey we felt it was great value for money as there were lots of different medias involved in viewing and interacting with the attraction. You can stay there as long as you like and go over the areas as many times as you like. It was attractive and informative. A bonus is that you can do birthday parties there as well. This tourist attraction could be missed if you were just driving around the area as it is fairly well hidden but it is well worth going to.

Visited November 2013
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“Great day out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We visted New Zealand on holiday and were told about Kelly Tarton's and we were not disappointed.
The children loved it with loads to occupy them while we looked more at the details of the extensive variety of fish, penguins and information.
They even had the oldest known Ray in an aquarium which the children could help feed with the help of one of the staff.
There is an opportunity to swim with some sharks but this was declined. But with so many things to do an afternoon passes really quickly so a return visit may be on the cards. There is a cafe which offers well priced food and drinks whilst you look out into Auckland harbour.

Visited October 2013
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“It's all about the penguins!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Fantastic! From the moving walkway through the underwater 'tubes' for viewing the sharks, rays and fish to the replica of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic Hut... everything was a visual treat and just awesome. A lot of interactive exhibits, touch pools and educational exhibits too. But the highlight is definitely seeing the Antarctic penguin colony exhibit. King and Gentoo penguins delighted us as they swam, waddled and preened themselves right in front of us. Highly recommend a visit!

Visited November 2013
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“Great way to see some fish!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

There are 3 ways to arrive: car, bus or their own mini-bus from city centre. When you arrive you go through an optical illusion tunnel! Then there are the penguins in their own little ice world. Next is the Ray tank where they feed & do a talk. You walk through to the shark tank with tunnel. You can walk or use the moving walkway. The collection of fish in this tank is amazing &, if you go at the right time, you can see them feed the sharks. It is possible to do this yourself for a fee, even without diver training.

Visited October 2013
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