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“Surprisingly good for a small town and they've a kiwi, too!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #6 of 69 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
Laguna Niguel, California
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“Surprisingly good for a small town and they've a kiwi, too!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

It was the highlight of our visit to the charming town of Napier. Within minutes of our ship putting in to port, the local bus whisked us down the shore to the modern and well laid-out aquarium. There's a surprising variety of displays; from live corals to penguins. Take time to read about the remarkable lay missionary and amateur botanist, Wm Colenco, who observed and cataloged the area's sea and land creatures almost 170 ago, before the influx of European settlers. And don't miss the excellent kiwi exhibit. You might get lucky as we did and meet the kiwi keeper and hear his talk on all things kiwi--including the chance to see a kiwi egg!

Visited February 2013
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We pride ourselves on our Aquatic exhibits, but are proud to also offer a Kiwi experience to local and overseas visitors.
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“Fishy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Easy to walk around, easy to find. Quite a good display of various fish. Not crowded in March, not much in the visitors shop.

Visited March 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“small, friendly aquarium with big entree prices”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

it's a nice place, but nothing different from aquariums in other places on the globe and for what you get, it's pretty expensive.

Visited December 2012
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“A highly professional and well presented attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

There is a lot jam-packed into this venue and everything is very well presented and maintained. Excellent to see a high quality attraction in a smallish city like Napier. Compared with the ticket prices for Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, this venue is excellent value for money. Excellent location too!

Visited March 2013
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are just one of the many great attractions and things to do in Napier and are thrilled we exceeded your expectations.
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“Great way to entertain youngsters”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Great family-friendly attraction. Lots of marine life to see, we especially liked the local exhibits including the penguin enclosure and kiwis. Great to see more unusual species like alligators and turtles too.

Visited March 2013
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