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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
+64 800 446 362
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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s is New Zealand’s most famous aquarium! It 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 jump into the shark tank and go snorkeling with 14 massive sharks or jump on the ice and get up close and personal with the King and Gentoo penguins!
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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
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+64 800 446 362
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"penguin enclosure"
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"moving walkway"
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"shark bus"
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"underwater world"
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"free shuttle"
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"conveyor belt"
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"glass tunnel"
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"underwater tunnel"
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"king penguins"
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"quay street"
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"feeding times"
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"rainy day"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the perfect places to visit if you have small children or baby. A small but worth seeing aquarium especially the lovely penguins.More

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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon - thank you for coming to visit us, and also for taking the time to leave us some feedback. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, I hope that we will see you again in the future! Kind...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a must-see! Lovely sociable penguins steal your heart at the start 😊 very well designed and kept place, with an important conservation aspect.More

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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon - thank you for your review! I am so glad that you enjoyed the penguins, I hope that you were able to see them being fed as well. It is good to know that the conservation aspect is appreciated - we believe that...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Killing some time in Auckland and came here and had a great time. Like being a kid again gawping at the sharks. Cute penguinsMore

Thank Stephen S
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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon Stephen - I am really please to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback as well, it is always appreciated. We hope you'll come back and visit us again next...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this small Aquarium! Very interesting displays. Lots of Penguins were nesting and a few had laid eggs! I highly recommend a visit!More

Thank Jennifer L
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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review - you came at a lucky time to see the penguins nesting! We have had a successful breeding season for both the Gentoo and King penguins which is just amazing. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hadn't been to Kelly Tarlton's in well over 10 years and the place has changed a lot from what i remember. I don't regret visiting and I would highly recommend going at least once in your life. However, my wife and I took three kids...More

Thank Rikki B
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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon Rikki - thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed you time with us. You are right that a lot has changed in the last 10 years - we are constantly...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came away from the penguin enclosure feeling very sad for the penguins. They never see daylight. They live in an enclosure with a very low ceiling and unlike what you see in the ads where they seem to be scurrying around looking busy and...More

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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon - thank you for coming to visit us, and thank you as well for taking the time to leave a review. I would like to reassure you that our penguins are indeed very happy and healthy! Although they live indoors, we have built...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good place..a must visit...but a bit more on the expensive side...but i guess it would had been hard to maintain it if they did not charge that much..More

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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon - thank you so much for coming to visit us and also for leaving your review. I am pleased to here that you enjoyed your time with us, if you were planning a second visit let me recommend our annual pass! These are...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We'd been to another aquarium further south in NZ. This was similar in some ways as you'd expect but a step up in feel and experience. We fluked being there for feeding time for firstly the penguin and then all the fish in the massive...More

Thank Gary C
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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good afternoon Gary - I am so delighted to hear hat you enjoyed your time with us! It's great that you were able to take in both the penguin feed and the tunnel feed as well - they are two highlights of the day for...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to see fishes and other marine animals without actually going on a boating excursion (because I was traveling with an autistic adult who’s afraid of most kinds of sailing) so, I figured this here place would present a fab alternative. And indeed it...More

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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting us and thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback! The team will be so happy to hear that you had such a nice experience with us. It sounds like to made the most out of your...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

Kelly’s aquarium is not a big aquarium but mitigates the same with some great variety of fishes. The sea horse section and the jelly fish section was amazing. Overall a good couple of hrs spentMore

Thank SChettiar
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Emma F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us our feedback - I am absolutely delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Did you know that we actually breed the jellyfish and sea horses here on site? Some of the...More

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Response from LoneTraveller61 | Reviewed this property |
152 Quay Street (bottom of Queen Street)
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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
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The sign in the aquarium today said 14:00 tues & thurs for fish feeding.
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