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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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A must do for kids

I remember coming to the aquarium as a child and having a fantastic time so I was eager to go back... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bernadette P
via mobile
Great show spoilt by state of the facilities

Really enjoyed the variety of sea creatures. Enjoyed penguins feeding time. Loved the tunnel under... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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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
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“penguin feeding” (62 reviews)
“marine life” (42 reviews)
“blue penguins” (35 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I remember coming to the aquarium as a child and having a fantastic time so I was eager to go back. Obviously it’s better for kids as there are lots of hands on learning stations where you can get a quick basic understanding of how...More

Thank Bernadette P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the variety of sea creatures. Enjoyed penguins feeding time. Loved the tunnel under the oceanarium. My visit was spoiled by the state of the toilet and I also had to clean a table in the cafe before enjoying my latte.

Thank V4123SVmartint
Reviewed 1 week ago

kids enjoyed coming here. the staff was very informative an gave the kids good educational talk an look through .

Thank not-happy14
Reviewed 1 week ago

Given this is the National Aquarium I expected to be really impressed with the exhibits and the wildlife we could view, however the displays, information plaques and general facilities need an upgrade. I think if you were there with young children they would make it...More

Thank emcg007
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely aquarium and had to see the penguins. Easy walk on Marine Parade or from the cruise ship shuttle. Lots of shopping and things to do in the town. Nice little Christmas touches and Art Deco buildings. Not necessary to take a shore excursions on...More

Thank patriciae648
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some interesting animals. Our favourites are the penguins who have a naughty and nice penguin each month. They have a beautiful turtle and a couple of kiwis! $21 for entry (adult each), wasn’t too bad!

Thank Tash E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much to see, our 17 year old grandson was with us and he thoroughly enjoyed the visit, loved the overhead aquarium tour, so much to see and learn

Thank angelinamurdoch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been before, but kids were happy to go back, good value for money, and our youngest who didn’t remember our first visit thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank DanniiW2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had such high hopes for the Aquarium, having not been here since I was a teen and following the redevelopment I was so excited! When I got to the end I couldn't believe we were there already. Really small, but easy layout and you...More

Thank mrsandmrnovember
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not the biggest but nicely presented fresh and salt water species in a modern setting. Interestingly assembled for young minds. Hopefully the kids don’t go too mad but the cafe is a let down with inedible pizza.

Thank Martin C
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25 September 2017|
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Response from Braesidedave | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we had no problems with size, group ranging from 110kgs to 80kgs. Very accommodating instructor ensuring we were comfortable and well briefed. Take a camera for some great close ups of the sharks. Enjoy!
23 January 2017|
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Response from NationalAquariumHB | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. This Encounter involves Kiwi and Tuatara, a native reptile. You will help the keeper prepare food for both animals. You will get a one on one overview of both species and what makes them so... More
Huan F
8 April 2016|
Response from NationalAquariumHB | Property representative |
Hi, Thanks for your question. We do not currently have a public option to Scuba Dive at the National Aquarium. The reason it is listed in the price page on our website is for dive schools who sometimes use the Aquarium to... More