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“Fantastic aquarium and an awesome free 'shark' shuttle bus back to ferry terminal.”

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed November 5, 2017

The aquarium housed many different aquatic sea life and had an impressive glass tunnel as you entered where you could see sharks, rays and turtles all swimming around you. Was quite spectacular. There were lots to see and a nice cafeteria halfway through for a bite to eat or to relax and have a drink. Staff were very friendly but what impressed me most was the free shuttle bus in the shape of a shark that took visitors back to the ferry terminal instead of having to catch a cab. A really fun couple of hours and very informative.

Thank Hayam E
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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2017

Kia Ora Hayam,

Thank you for your fantastic review of the aquarium.

It's so great to hear you were able to take a ride on our free shuttle service - I love seeing our Shark Bus driving along the waterfront!

Hope to see you again in the future,
Ebony

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Reviewed October 26, 2017

I'm a diver & this is a great way to see what NZ has to offer underwater, ie Goat island Marine Reserve you can swim from shore snorkeling or SCUBA, The more adventurous the world famous Poor knights Islands. Plus you have bonus in the Antartic stuff as well which most of us won't get to visit.

Thank tridena
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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Kia Ora Tridena,

Thank you for the awesome review of our attraction!

Kelly Tarlton created our famous underwater tunnel to enable non-divers to enjoy the underwater world. It's great to hear you enjoyed it as a diver as well!

Cheers,
Ebony

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

A very good tour and something for all ages. A nice way to make the most of a couple of hours and you can get really good photos.

Book online as it is cheaper than buying at the gate

Thank Jb23_01
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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Kia Ora,

Thank you for your awesome review!

Did you know you can save money by pre-purchasing your tickets online?! It also means you can use our pre-paid fast track line.

Cheers,
Ebony

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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

The Antartic Penguins are a real treat here and any visit to Auckland should make this first place to visit. Children will love it. See real king Penguins in their own environment and this would be the only place in world to see these. Plenty of other marine life to sea including seahorses.

Thank peter m
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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2017

Kia Ora Peter,

Thank you for your awesome review of the Aquarium. I'm glad to hear you loved the penguins as much as I do!

Hope to see you again,
Ebony

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

We lived the way this experience is laid out. Nice mix of history and conservation with a brilliant series of aquariums. Awesome underwater experience with sharks, sting rays and giant turtles. Magic display with penguins. Plus dozens of other exotic marines creatures showcased. Some hands on stuff for kids too.

Thank M0j3
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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017

Kia Ora,

Thank you for the awesome review!

Did you know, Kelly Tarlton's voluntarily started a Turtle Rehabilitation Program in 1995 where we treat sick or injured turtles found around New Zealand's waters. Once they are healthy, we release them back into the wild!

Cheers,
Ebony

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