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“Great Day Out ”

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
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US$26.27*
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Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Entry Ticket
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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 20, 2017 via mobile

Recently visited as haven’t been here since I was a child. Caught the shark bus from the bottom of town. The bus driver was very friendly and provided great information along the way to our destination. He clearly knew what he was talking about and I found it extremely interesting. Once at the destination you can tell it has recently restored the exhibition as it looked fantastic. Spent a lot of times watching the penguins, one of the workers actually took the time to stop and give us a lot of information about the penguins and the new little babies that had recently hatched. Feeding time was an experience in its self to see just how active the penguins can get. The tunnel with all the fish, sharks and stingrays is also another great walk to walk through. This attraction is for kids young and old.
Booked online to obtain a discount. Can also catch the shark bus back to town however you happen to miss this the attraction is just a short walk to the nearest bus station, with buses running every 10-15mins.

Thank Lou4688
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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2017

Kia Ora Lou,

Thank you for the awesome review of the attraction.

I'm glad you enjoyed your shuttle ride with Basil - he is full of exciting facts and history about our attraction.

Cheers,
Ebony

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Reviewed November 19, 2017

This is the place for young and old and those of an adventurous nature. It is a Must see attraction which is worth the time and effort to view this spectacular attraction.
There are activities for the young ones and the history and construction is fascinating to learn about. Learn about NZ undersea fish, Sting Rays and Sharks

Thank geraldw557
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KellyTarltons_Ebony, Front Office Manager at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2017

Kia Ora Gerald,

Thank you for the awesome review.

We are glad to hear you learnt some new facts about are amazing animals!

Cheers - Ebony

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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

Nice family half a day out ... it's not that big but still nice to see . The penguins are amazing
Great from children as they have children's areas

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

Kia Ora,

Thank you for your awesome review of the aquarium!

Great you hear you loved the penguins as much as I do. Did you spot any eggs under our Gentoo parents?

Thanks,
Ebony

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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

We loved watching penguins and crayfish. It’s a well maintained aquarium. They even have play area for kids. They provide papers and crayons to draw pictures.

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

Kia Ora Maithili,

Thank you for your awesome review of the aquarium.

So glad to hear you enjoyed our crayfish and penguins. Did you know our crayfish moult their exoskeleton (hard outer layer) once a year, and grow a complete new one?!

Hope to see you again,
Ebony

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Reviewed November 12, 2017

Was a great experience and loved watching the penguins. However one area in the penguin enclosure had a lot of faeces and needed a good cleaning. Very expensive though, and we were amused by how much they wanted for the photos that they took - I guess they only need one person to buy a pack to make their money back on all the printing they did. To be honest, by the time we left I was starting to feel a little sorry for all the animals living in small enclosures/aquariums.

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

Kia Ora Michmegan,

Thank you for your awesome review of the Aquarium.

Did you know, penguins can eat up to 30% of their body weight? This makes them poo, on average, every 17 minutes!!!

I have passed your feedback on the photos to our Magic Memories team for consideration.

Hope to see you again soon,
Ebony

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