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Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

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23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
+64 800 446 362
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Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins and offers a myriad of opportunities to get up close and personal with incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans.For a truly incredible experience, take the plunge on an Animal Adventure – we offer cage-free shark dives, PADI-recognised diver training, snorkel and scuba safaris through the Oceanarium or the chance to hand-feed the giant stingrays!
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  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
+64 800 446 362
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you do not have any other way to go diving or getting in the water this is the next best thing, and more. Not to be missed if you are in Auckland, a truely unique and thrilling experience.

Thank Grant G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kelly tartons was a mixed bag. The penguins were fantastic and the aquarium was good as was most of the other displays but I felt at $95 for a family pass it was a little to expensive for the 1 hour we were there. My...More

Thank amberleygirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Am I imagining things or is there less fish variety in the tunnel? My husband seems to think so! Great venue, great site, great history. My kids loved it as did we. Would go again.

Thank kitt3n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant place to go to on a cold wet day. Lots of activities for kids to do throughout the Aquarium to keep them entertained. Displays are really good - love the shark tunnel. Highly recommend visiting- book online for cheaper tickets and smaller entry...More

Thank NickyAkers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well presented and explained, family friendly,terrific interactivity for kids. Amazing display of sea life. Readily accessible from hop on hop off bus. Great history.

Thank cdscons
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Kelly Tarltons several times and loved it every time. The place is clean and well-maintained and the animals genuinely seem content. The penguins are fabulous and so entertaining. Next time I want to try a penguin experience and go in to meet...More

Thank Kay B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't normally complain on trip advisor but I'm really disappointed and this! kt needs to up its game as both a local & international attraction. The "free shuttle bus" is shockingly disorganised!!!!! Pick up point on pamphlets differs from ad on internet!!!! Very confusing...More

Thank Monstarrat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The penguin area used to be separate but you can now see them as part of the attraction. The replica of Scott base is for much older children and could do with more light as it scares small children and it is hard to see...More

Thank Gerri S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My son thoroughly enjoyed his trip here, it’s not too big that you can’t get around with young kids and there is plenty to see! I loved the penguins myself too. The cafe wasn’t fantastic, so we went for lunch elsewhere but if you are...More

Thank mcw_l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Kelly Tarlton's Sealife Aquarium during my trip to Auckland in late September. Having been to the Sydney Aquarium numerous times, KT's aquariums definitely has that unique feel to it. The emperor penguins are the drawcard to this aquarium, the enclosure is well...More

Thank Sean A
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6 August 2017|
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Response from C S | Reviewed this property |
No the bus stop is very near the door for arrival but you do have to walk a little way (about 100 metres on flat ground) to catch the bus when you are finished. Unless you have something seriously wrong it should be no... More
29 January 2017|
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Response from Jess D | Reviewed this property |
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23 December 2016|
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Response from Junamobley | Reviewed this property |
Yes family pass available