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“Cool place!”
Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #6 of 68 things to do in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Cool place!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This place was great, even us adults found it really interesting and spent a lot of time looking aorund here. We are from Auckland, and are used to the very expensive Kelly Tarltons, well The Napier National Aquarium was under half the price of Kelly Tarltins, and waaay more interesting. It was great!

Visited October 2012
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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117 reviews
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“A bit expensive but interesting”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The feeding was nothing special and the sharks not as large and scary as I'd hoped but the turtle was cool. I missed the Piranhas too! Kids thought it was pretty average so probably not worth the $54 we paid to go.

Visited December 2012
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Bay Of Plenty
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“OK for a few hours”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

the walkthrough shark encloser was very good.
Family price for under $60 was really good value I thought.
Some parts are looking tired.

Visited January 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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199 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A fantastic national attraction in the heart of napier”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Staying close by, it's seemed logical, on a cloudy day, to visit something inside. So a quick walk across the road and into the acclaimed national aquarium of New Zealand. At $20 per adult you expect something good and we weren't disappointed. Walking through the dinosaur area with informative video and also an area to watch archaeologists carefully restoring fossilized dinosaur bones we also got to see NZ's living dinosaur, the Tuatara, On to various aquariums of both New Zealand and overseas fish, split up into various regions of the world, then the various areas of New Zealand marine life. Each area is well labelled and there are many messages about conservation and ecological safety to inform the many people, from all over the world, of all ages, attending. My partner loved the beautifully appointed kiwi enclosure and we could clearly see them at home in their natural environment, before we moved on to see the little blue penguins being fed while their handler explained while they were there (many from dog attacks, many from being tangled in nylon from fishing lines) and what was being done to recuperate them. Finally a wander under the main aquarium to watch the divers feeding the fish, including sharks and a rather over amorous sting ray. A fascinating time and actually worth another trip around, and so we did!!! Well worth the money and a great educational and enjoyable visit for the whole family

Visited January 2013
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New Zealand
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Water 'Zoo'”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

My son is animal mad and loves zoo's. This was his first time to an aquarium and he called it a 'water zoo'. It was great! We really enjoyed our time here. We loved the oceanairum walk thru!

Visited January 2013
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
We love to see kids enjoying their visit and making the most of a great learning opportunity. You are welcome back at the water zoo anytime!
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