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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission
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Last updated: Jun 18, 2020
A note from SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission
Hygiene screens installed at Admissions, Cafe and Souvenir Shop counters
What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
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Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Head to Auckland’s waterfront with your admission ticket to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, an underwater world inspired by the renowned marine archaeologist and diver. With more than 30 exhibits in nine themed zones, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium showcases 80 marine species including a live jellyfish, spiny sea dragons and the world’s largest species of stingray. Little ones can hold a crab or touch a starfish at the hands-on Rockpool Experience. Experience the icy landscapes of the Southern Ocean at the Antarctic Encounter, home to the world’s largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display. The walk-through exhibit allows visitors to come close to king and long-tailed gentoo penguins. Watch sharks swim overhead in the translucent Shark Tunnel and, if you dare, upgrade for a shark diving experience. Shark Cage DiveExperience a thrilling shark encounter in a specialized pool. After a safety briefing, snorkel with the sharks as you’re secured in a shark cage.  Shark Dive X-tremeFor the true adrenaline junkie, take the ultimate cage-free dive to the extreme and come face-to-face with the great predators of the deep sea. No experience is necessary.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3920AKLKELTAR
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
General Admission Ticket • Entry/Admission - SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop off • Food and drinks (available to purchase on-site) • Souvenir Photos (available to purchase on-site)
Duration
1h
Inclusions
General Admission Ticket • Entry/Admission - SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop off • Food and drinks (available to purchase on-site) • Souvenir Photos (available to purchase on-site)
Duration
1h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Photography is allowed, however use of flashbulbs around the animals is prohibited
Opens Thursday to Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Open from 9:30am to 5:00pm (last entry at 4.00pm)
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
Child 15 years and under must enter with an adult over 16 years of age
We politely request that you refrain from visiting our aquarium should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
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    SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
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    At SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium there is over 30 exhibits and more than 80 different species. Featuring 13 themed zones, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium boasts unique attractions including world’s largest Sub-Antarctic penguin colony display, world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons and the world’s biggest species of stingray. The Antarctic Encounter is a walk-through penguin encounter which allows visitors to get closer than ever before to the majestic King and playful Gentoo penguins. Kelly Tarlton’s famous Shark Tunnel (The brainchild of renowned marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton), is home to New Zealand’s largest collection of sharks with Maori Pacifica themed. The Rockpool Experience allows visitors to touch a starfish and, with Amazing Creation and Turtle Rescue interactive zones this truly is a great day out.
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4.0
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kaatyn
Bunbury, Australia350 contributions
Very Popular
What a wonderful place in memory of someone who had such a passion for marine life.
This is somewhere where you could spend all day at. Don't rush through.... take your time as there is so much to see.
If possible...... Hop on and off a bus or a taxi as parking overflows onto the road with its popularity.
Written May 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jasper
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Awesome, fun thing to do with the family.
Apr 2021 • Family
My son had a fabulous time seeing sharks, turtles, penguins and stingrays for the first time. Me and my wife also had a great time telling him about his encounters with these wondefful sea creatures.
Written April 27, 2021
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millie usher
1 contribution
AMAZING
Mar 2020
Went before the lockdown and we still talk about our experience to this day, hence why I am leaving this review now! Fantastic day out and lovely staff!
Written February 25, 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for leaving such a lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. I will pass your kind comments to our staff. Thank you again and hope to "sea" you again soon! Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written March 30, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nadine
North Shore, New Zealand5 contributions
Kids loved it!
Lovely being able to take children and seeing their excitement from all the sea life. Great walk through experience
Written February 21, 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for your kind words. We are glad that you and your children enjoyed your visit and we hope you swim back on in soon! Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written March 30, 2021
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Georgia
1 contribution
Amazing Animals, Poor Service
Jan 2021
The animals were amazing, it was the people who made out experience average. We purchased our tickets online so we could skip the line, but no one was keeping the lines organized so we ended up waiting for 30+ minutes behind people who were waiting to buy and book things. The staff could have showed some initiative and had one person serving online customers to speed things up. This was frustrating because we only had the morning to be there before we had to go to the airport. I bought an activity pack for my niece and it was missing half of the stuff it was supposed to have in it. We ordered coffee, one with soy, and this got mixed up so my sister got an upset stomach which was unpleasant on the plane ride home.
Written January 24, 2021
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Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Many apologies for the delay in replying. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed seeing the animals and sorry to hear that other aspects of your visit were not up to your expectations. We really appreciate your support and I have passed on your feedback to our team. Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.
Written March 30, 2021
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,002 contributions
Sharks
Many years aince we had been through Kelly Tarton's. The main reason was to see the sharks as my daughter loves them. Try the dive with them as I did that a few years ago. You can get cheaper tickets online, but managed to get 20% off from a leaflet so look around for discounts.
Written January 14, 2021
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Kia ora. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed seeing our sharks. We hope to "sea" you again soon! Kind regards SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
Written March 31, 2021
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Crayeater
Hamilton, New Zealand46 contributions
Penguins steal the show!
Dec 2020
It's so long since I had been to Kelly Tarleton's I think the penguin enclosure had just opened last time I was there! There is so much more to see and do now, my 3 young nephews loved our visit as a Christmas treat.
We arrived just in time for the penguin talk and feeding and the boys loved it. We easily spent 2.5 hours there returning, to the penguins several times. The kids were amazed at the the rays gliding back and forward over them in the tunnel, and loved getting close up to the eels.
Pre-booking online was a good saving. The family pass was cheaper than booking an adult student and 3 kids, so check the options for the best deal.
Written January 6, 2021
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Fern K
Christchurch, New Zealand165 contributions
Nice Aquarium
Place was a little small but the efforts put into it wasn't too bad. I usually spend ages in places like this but I could finish this in 2 hours.

Really good effort on conservation though. Everyone there was really nice, helpful and friendly as well.
Written December 27, 2020
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Libby
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Totally engaging.
Dec 2020 • Family
The kids spent a good amount of time colouring in and scanning fish pictures which the appeared swimming around on a colourful marine environment screen.
Written December 14, 2020
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Khatt S
Chicago suburbs12 contributions
A Must See
Wonderful sealife exhibits, penguins, fantastic staff went well beyond to help us tourists after we were given the wrong hours of operation on a tour bus. Staff let us in, pretty much gave us a personal tour!
Written August 31, 2020
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BeckyJoyP
BeckyJoyP
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Up close and personal
I've wanted to do the penguin experience for so long and was lucky enough to have my partner buy it for my birthday
PettTrina
PettTrina
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Awesome
A really cool set up and the penguins were a definite highlight. My daughter loved the wall where the sea came ri
movingalongagain
movingalongagain
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great spo
great place to take the kids,easy to get around and to see the animals that close great day,take your time as there
melissasO2213BS
melissasO2213BS
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Loved the penguins
A great afternoon visit to Kelly Tarlton’s. We loved the penguins, turtles and sharks especially. The exhibits ar
Julianbevin
Julianbevin
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Not satisfied
Hi me my partner and our two girls enjoyed the experience but we can't get our video of the whole thing n want to s
leeanz
leeanz
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A great place on a rainy day.
I could have watched the penguins for hours. All of the tanks and displays give a very clear view of all the animal
array454
array454
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Buy an annual pass
If you have kids you need an annual pass, we dont even live in Auckland but visit a few times a year and come to Ke
imkylie2017
imkylie2017
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A great experience
Lovely service by all the team, from assisting us find a car park, the staff helping at shark experience and at caf
shanepQ1912PM
shanepQ1912PM
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Sunday activity
Carparking is a little difficult to find,this is expected in Auckland. Pre booked and paid for admission onine , y
Roimata T
Roimata T
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Must do! Best aquarium ever!
Our favorite aquarium 😊 service amazing, lots to see and do, no worries booking online and just scan the barcode a
Steveruthcox
Steveruthcox
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Good afternoon out
We spent a few hours here looking around very interesting place lots of things to see Nice cafe inside as well
CMelissa7
CMelissa7
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Penguins were wonderful!
Loved watching the penguins up close! They are amazing creatures. It was school holidays so quite busy, with lots o
leibelles
leibelles
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Cool Birthday Perks
Another traveler shared to me that I could get free pass at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium on the day of my birt
maguillem11
maguillem11
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Not worth it...
I am trying to visit each aquarium in each city I visited and this one don’t worth it. It’s a very small place and
Scott M
Scott M
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Feels a little dated
Nothing really changes about this place and in fact the aquarium part of the attraction feels quite dated now. The
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