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Address: Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-834 1404
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa O...

Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including sharks, stingrays, living coral, kiwi, tuatara and a huge range of fish species. A fun and educational place to visit for all the family. Located in Napier, the National Aquarium is one of the premier Hawke's Bay Tourist Attractions. Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4:30pm, closed Christmas Day

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We were lucky as it was just across the road from our motel, good history of how New Zealand became a country, the shifting plates ect, good kids activitys to be found. Found the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Rothenbuch, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you have no plans for an hour or so go there. You see an Alligator, a kiwi, NICE LITTLE PINGUINS!!! and other fish. There is a walkway to go through a large aquarium with larger fish, all in all not too impressive. The little penguins really make good for the whole show! The paddle, they swim and play, they... More 

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Adelaide
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were lucky as it was just across the road from our motel, good history of how New Zealand became a country, the shifting plates ect, good kids activitys to be found. Found the two Kiwis after a hard look ( a bonus ) as we have never seen them before. Aquarium on moving platform was good, need a couple... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very nice place for a family outing. Beautiful aquarium and exciting Kiwi bird display. The penguin feeding is also a favorite.

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Waikato
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised at how much we enjoyed it here. It's a place you really need to take your time and appreciate what is there. So many people sped past 'Nemo's' fish tank and missed the most gorgeous bright yellow and pink fish that would hide away. Wonderful to see 'Nemo' in amoungst the reef plants. I was surprised to... More 

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Thank Kiwime
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and great to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Animals in captivity is subjective and often debated and we appreciate your concerns for Terry, our Hawk Billed Turtle. Being a reef turtle means if he lived in the wild he’d live on a reef in lagoons and amongst coral outcrops, and if food is... More 

Feilding, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the night at the aquarium with 20 Cubs. What a cool place for a visit. Big thanks to Sonya and Matt as hosts. Burgers for tea and breakfast was included.

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1 Thank Gaz75
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you. Fantastic to get your feedback and I will be sure to pass this on to the team More 

Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just made it for the penguin feeding time was so fun to watch also learning about them all as well the sea turtle was amazing would highly recommend to all

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Thank Sharlene C
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

If you can, we recommend all visitors try and coincide their visit with one of our feeding sessions as it is a great way of experiencing more during your time with us. Thank you for your feedback More 

Waihi, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So glad we stopped to have a look - was well worth the visit. Very well presented fish and birds. Well done.

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Thank Binnie2014
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Appreciate your feedback. Thank you More 

Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you love animals this is prefect for you! amazing for all ages and I would go back in a heart beat.

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Thank ashleighherbison
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Aquarium as part of the walk along Marina Parade. It is a pleasant aquarium but unfortunately both the cafe and giftshop were closed for renovations during our visit. There are some good displays and they have some penguins as well. It is the only place I have actually seen a Kiwi so far. Worth the call in... More 

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and taking the time to visit. Our kiwi exhibit is a great bonus for many who visit the National Aquarium More 

Kaikoura
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting exhibits, penguin and fish feeding worth a look. Tropical fish and other over seas aquatic species well shown.

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