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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
+64 800 446 362
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24hr Hop on Hop off Pass incl Tarlton's SeaLife Aquarium & Auckland Museum
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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 oceans. For a truly incredible experience, take the plunge on an Animal Adventure jump into the shark tank and go snorkeling with 14 massive sharks or jump on the ice and get up close and personal with the King and Gentoo penguins!
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
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+64 800 446 362
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"penguin enclosure"
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"moving walkway"
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"shark bus"
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"shark tank"
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"free shuttle"
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"underwater world"
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"conveyor belt"
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"glass tunnel"
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"underwater tunnel"
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"king penguins"
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"quay street"
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"feeding times"
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"rainy day"
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"behind the scenes"
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"couple of hours"
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Reviewed December 5, 2016

I hadn't been here since the 90's so a lot had changed. Lots of information to read which was good. I loved the penguins, I didn't know they had them until I went. Great they have feeding times and talks so you can go and...More

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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2016

Thank you so much for your review and for visiting us here at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! It's fantastic to hear that you had such a great time. I couldn't believe how much it had changed when I started working here either! The penguins...More

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Reviewed December 5, 2016

Is a must see if you are in Auckland for a few days. Plenty of stuff for adults and kids to see. Can be a tad pricey for the overall experience but is good fun and a chance to see all sorts of marine life...More

Thank Sam J
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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2016

Thank you so much for your review and for visiting Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! It's wonderful to hear that you had such a great time! Hopefully you caught a feeding or two during your visit (my favourite is the penguins at 11:30am) as they...More

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Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Compared to Malaysia's KLCC aquarium, this aquarium's main attraction is only the penguins-super cute. The sting rays were amazing too but it looks run down and not worth the money spent. Wouldnt recommend it to others.More

Thank Lakshmy27
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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2016

Thank you for the review and for visiting Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! I'm sorry to hear that you were underwhelmed by your experience. We work hard to maintain a high standard within our attraction and provide new and exciting things for our guests. We've...More

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Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

This is a bundle of fun so much beautiful creatures to see so much displays shows and hosted informative discussions and animal feedingsMore

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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2016

Thank you so much for your review and for visiting Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! It's wonderful to hear that you had such a great time and glad to hear you got to watch a feeding or two! They definitely add to the visit and...More

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Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

I love aquariums and this one is great. The penguins are awesome and the conveyor belt under the main tank is pretty cool. The season passes are good value - I think we paid $70 as they were on special. A good few hours out...More

Thank Sam F
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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2016

Thank you so much for your review and for visiting Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! It's wonderful to hear that you had such an awesome time and it's cool that you got one of our annual passes as well, they are great value! It means...More

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Reviewed December 2, 2016

This was a fun aquarium, nice Antarctic exhibits. Be sure to book the penguin encounter far in advance, though--I tried to book it two months in advance for an off-season trip, and couldn't get it.More

Thank Elizabeth Z
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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2016

Thank you for your feedback and for visiting Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! It's awesome to hear that you enjoyed your time, our penguin encounter is very popular. I hope you got to watch the penguin feeding though, at 11:30am, so that you could learn...More

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Reviewed December 1, 2016

We went there as part of a Holland American day tour. I generally don't like to visit attractions on a schedule, but two hours is plenty of time. We didn't pay separately, so I can't speak to the the negative reviews of value for price....More

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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2016

Thank you so much for your feedback and for visiting us here at Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium! It's fantastic to hear that you had such a great time, particularly with our penguins, they're my favourite too! I find that I am constantly inspired everyday by...More

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Reviewed December 1, 2016

Awesome place to visit. The shark tunnel with the travelator is awesome and the penguins were great to see up close. Even saw some eggs and new born chicks. Is quite pricey but worth it as they have a lot to maintain. Was nice to...More

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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2016

Thank you so much for you review and for visiting Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! It's wonderful to hear that yourself and your grandchildren had such a great time! The new Gentoo chicks out on the ice are pretty cute and we have 5. Hopefully...More

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Reviewed November 30, 2016

Overall, they really did a great job with the aquarium. That being said, there aren't a ton of animals, and if you have small kids, their attention will wander quickly, and you'll probably spend more time on the indoor pirate ship play ground, then watching...More

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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2016

Thank you so much for your review and for visiting us here at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! It's so wonderful to hear that you had such an incredible time and thank you for giving such detailed feedback! It really is worth sticking around for...More

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Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

I expected something grander from the price and the hype promoting the aquarium. It was okay but not as elaborate as I'm used to. The tunnel with its moving floor was interesting. Cafe good and great prices.More

Thank Laurie B
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KTs_Tim_K, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2016

Thank you for your review and for visiting us here at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium! I'm sorry to hear that you found the experience underwhelming. I hope you caught a feeding or two as those really add to the experience and you learn some...More

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152 Quay Street (bottom of Queen Street)
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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
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The sign in the aquarium today said 14:00 tues & thurs for fish feeding.
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