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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's

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Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s is New Zealand’s most famous aquarium! It 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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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23 Tamaki Drive | Ōrākei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
+64 800 805 050
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My girlfriend and I went to aquarium yesterday and had really wonderful time as there are many penguins and sea life animals to observe. Staffs are extremely friendly and helpful, highly recommend others to visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dustycloud
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Don't ask for the Aquarium everyone calls it after the founder who's name I can not remember (Kelly)but its on the Adverts. Its a 20 minute bus ride out of town and finding the right bus stop is a challenge for a tourist. Once inside...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank B6251VDandrews
Reviewed 5 days ago

The exhibits are well done, the tours are very good, free shuttle from the cbd and back. Well worth the day there, the only reason I wouldnt give it a 5 star review is the overly expensive cafe, seems that just because there is nothing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ScottImlah
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the behind the scenes tour which was especially interesting...got to see the inner workings of the place and feed some fish too :) Worth the money.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dawnsca
Reviewed 6 days ago

A good place for hangout for 2-4 hours. Perfectly balanced sea life. With regards to whole trip my favorite part was the Penguin lifestyle. They were able to create a mini Antarctica with limited area. Got an opportunity to closely watch so many exotic sea...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dreamrider0488
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a wonderful aquarium, a dream come true for Kelly Tariton. There is a funky free SHARK SHUTTLE that will transport you to and from Viaduct Harbor to the Aquarium. It's a fun trip. Inside the aquarium is a people mover beltway that transports...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank caprjr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This activity is good for all ages. There is a historic display of Antarctica, live penguins, aquariums filled with fish.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cindy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Kelly Tarlton's expecting it to be like lots of other aquariums but the penguin enclosures are amazing. The design of the enclosure means you get great views above and below ground and the information about the penguins was comprehensive. The hop on hop...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jill J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on this as part of the Hop on Hop off bus tour. It came as an extra with 4 other attractions for an extra $50. Much cheaper than paying separately for all 5. The penguins were great and the sharks and Rays interesting.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank j0hnspiers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on a wet weekday Been before but maybe 5y ago Not a lot of parks cause it was wet Very busy cause it was wet Lots of holiday program kids (they need do something) Great place to visit The talk on the penguins...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Melanie J
August 18, 2018|
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Response from Toby T | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure if the name but apparently there is an octopus in and out of quarantine (I think they said it was fairly new) so it’s only on display some of the time. Not when I went unfortunately
Vicki P
February 5, 2018|
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152 Quay Street (bottom of Queen Street)
August 6, 2017|
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Response from C S | Reviewed this property |
No the bus stop is very near the door for arrival but you do have to walk a little way (about 100 metres on flat ground) to catch the bus when you are finished. Unless you have something seriously wrong it should be no... More