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Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #6 of 72 things to do in Napier
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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
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Really worth visiting. The entrance price is reasonable. First aquariums are a bit small, but it gets better and better. The pinguins are lovely to watch. The star of the visit is the tunnel, where you walk into an aquarium with fish swimming all around you. You can even put on diving gear and swim along. Great to watch.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

My brother and I brought an annual membership for the aquarium, as we often go on Sundays to fill in our day. We always have a great time and time it perfectly to watch the penguin feeding and the main oceanarium feeding with the diver, the aquarium is always clean the staff are friendly and are very willing to answer any questions. Over all a great place to spend the afternoon for any age group.

Thank Shaun B
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Fantastic to see you taking advantage of the great value an Annual Membership provides. We recommend this as a great option for all visitors who wish to visit us regularly.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Visited the aquarium on a rainy day (along with a lot of other people!). The fishy exhibits are fine, enough information without overwhelming you with too much detail. A bit disappointed with the penguin feeding as the viewing area is poorly designed and was very crowded when I was there, making it hard to see. If you hgave children you'd want to get there early to make sure they got a view. The moving walkway proved popular with my family, who all loved the (rather small) sharks.

Thank SCJM
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Loved this visit, great for young and old, many different species to view and well laid out, ty!
Would highly recommend it especially for children and loved the penguins, beautiful!

Thank vzryder
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Only a small aquarium when compared to another in this and other countries. However we were impressed with the quality of the exhibits, knowledge of staff and overall service. The price was reasonable and family pass helped make accessible to all families.

Was good to see a sizable number of exhibits have a New Zealand focus. Kids had a blast and even learnt things.

Highly recommend this activity to other visitors.

Thank ChrisHyett
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

For our size and available resources we try to provide an experience that everyone can enjoy and for all age groups. Hope to see you again soon.

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