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“Great for the kids”
Review of National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Ranked #7 of 74 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
Reviewed January 15, 2014

We took our grandaugther there and it was very exciting to her especially the sharks swimming over head, great place to go A++++ rating from us :)

Thank Uniquelady01
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

My partner and I visited the National Aquarium on a recent trip through Napier, and it was well worth the price. The underwater tunnel was awesome as you can get close to all the sharks, stingrays and fish swimming around. While we were there someone was swimming with the sharks (which guests can do for an extra fee) which was awesome to see. There were also staff walking through the tunnel and they were pointing out the different creatures and sharing little facts about them. Unfortunately we arrived at the wrong time for the penguin feeding so we didn't see them at all while we were there.

There is also a Kiwi enclosure where you get a great close up view of the Kiwi's. While we were there the Kiwi's were running around and jumping on each other, it was great.

The Aquarium also really caters for children. There were heaps of interactive activities for kids such as digging for fossils and while we were there all the kids seemed to be having a great time.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Napier.

Thank JaimeNZ1
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2014

We are really pleased you had a great time. There is definitely something here for everyone. If visitor itineraries permit, we highly recommend a close encounter such as a shark swim or penguin encounter to add even more to a visit to the National Aquarium!

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

My two daughters did the swim with sharks and were blown away. They loved it. They were lucky as there was just the two of them and they were in the tank for half hour. We went to stand in the tank walkway so we could watch them the whole time. A staff member stayed with them above the tank and could not have been nicer to us and them. Well worth the money. The Aquarium was also a great trip - was a bit sad that the turtle had such a small tank - and there was lots to see.

Thank Happy322
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

My wife and I had a nice time at the Aquarium and throughly enjoyed the Penquin feeding time and will be trying the swimming with sharks next time.

Thank Shaun B
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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2014

Great to see you had a good time, a close encounter with either the Sharks or Penguins would be a fantastic way to experience even more next time you visit. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Lovely peaceful spot (mid week) to see such a variety of New Zealand, sea life - some of which is unique to this country. The tunnel was especially interesting as were the kiwi.

Thank SusieMcC
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