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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!
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good35%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“shark bus” (47 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

You have to spend atleast half a day there to cover all the activities at Kelly's. It's a great place to bring kids because they will love it,! They had animal feeding sessions and talks at different times throughout the day. The penguins were so...More

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KellyTarltonsMike, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Hi Vinitha, Thanks for the review. I am glad to hear you had a great experience with us and also managed to jump in the shark tank! We keep the water at that temperature for the benefit of the animals, so we manage the dive...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Expensive place to visit, mostly a good experience. The moving walkway in the aquarium was quite unique, so much do we did 4 circuits. Other parts are looking really tired, especially the cafe. If looking at dozens of fish swimming endlessly from one end of...More

Thank KARL R
KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora Karl, Thank you for your review of our aquarium. We update or change one section of our aquarium every year to keep things fresh. Last year we introduced our new interactive area called Amazing Creations. Keep an eye out for an exciting change...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Very disappointed After finding it hard to find the shuttle stop. Which wasnt even marked..... My family and about 4 other families were waiting at the shuttle stop at lower queen street for about 40 minutes before we found their phone number ( which was...More

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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora Eloise, We are sorry to hear you had a lot of difficulties with contacting us yesterday. Unfortunately due to an illness, we were unable to run our free shuttle service. I have passed on your concerns to higher management and would love to...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017

We had visited Kelly Tarlton several times and still amusing. So informative for children and adults it is a good place to learn abut sea life penguins sharks and fish . Staff are so knowledgeable and friendly, it so easy to expend hours in Kelly...More

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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora and thanks for your review. We love that you took the time to learn some fun & exciting facts about our animals. Did you know we have dedicated staff at our Rock Pools touch tank, who can answer all our animal enquiries there?!...More

Reviewed 21 September 2017

The amazing staff at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium invited a group of us in to explore the fantastic Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland. Each of the exhibitions really highlights the wonders of the ocean, with the Penguin enclosure being a real highlight. Another great...More

Thank Ed W
KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora Ed, Thank you for the awesome review! Great to hear you had such a fantastic visit to our Aquarium. Penguins are one of my favourites as well. Did you spot any eggs under our nesting Gentoo parents? Hope to see you again :)

Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

The penguins and sharks area is really something unique. Originally wanted to spend an hour there, But stayed for 4 hours!

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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora Jewel, Thank you for the awesome review. Did you know you can get up close with both the sharks and penguins in our animal experiences? Hope to see you again :)

Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Kelly Tarlton is on the Tamaki Drive next to the sea with great view of Auckland Sky Tower. It is nice and fun place for kids of all ages to learn and see the marine life

Thank RKD1972
KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora and thanks for your review. Did you spot any of our local marine life outside our window? We have a resident spotted shag who you can spot diving for fish! Hope to see you again :)

Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

This place gets better and better every time I go. It has a big penguin area, with half to watch the penguins as they swim underwater and the other half for the walking part to see them moving side to side being so cute and...More

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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora Julieta, Thanks for the awesome review. Next time you will have to try our Shark Cage experience - you get to snorkel up close with the sharks and stingrays, but in a protective cage! Hope to see you again :)

Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

This place had a lot of sea life and things to see. But it was a bit small. We were a group of 3 and one of us did the shark dive and the others went with penguins. It was a fun day. But it's...More

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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Kia Ora and thanks for your review. Did you know, on a King Tide (the very highest tides), the water will completely cover the cafe window? We sometimes even get special visitors, like fish and Orcas! Hope to see you again :)

Reviewed 18 September 2017

What a lovely morning! A small group of us visited and had the best time. We LOVED the penguins, they were hilarious and the room with the demo tanks was awesome. The moving floor under the shark tunnel was also really cool. A must see...More

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KellyTarltons F, Manager at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thanks for your review. We love hearing from our guests and the amazing time they have at our attraction. We hope we will see you again soon. Thanks F

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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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