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National Aquarium of New Zealand

Discover an exciting world above and below the water at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Visit Penguin Cove and watch the famous Little Penguins feed and play, and find out who is good and naughty penguin of the month!

See sharks, stingrays and fish swimming over you in the 1.5 million litre oceanarium tunnel.

Almost within touching distance are kiwi foraging on the forest floor of their enclosure and tuatara, the unique New Zealand lizard considered a living dinosaur found only in islands off the New Zealand mainland.

Daily feeding times are 10am for the reef fish, 2pm for the sharks and the Little Penguins at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Allow one hour for a quick glimpse or longer if you are in the mood for adventure, before finishing at the marine-themed gift shop or with refreshments at the Fish Bowl Cafe.

Adults - $25.00

Children (from 3 to 14 years) - $12.50

Children (under 3 years) - no charge

Student (ID Required) - $23.00

Family (under 2 adults & up to 2 children) - $67.00

Senior Citizens (65+) and Community Services Card holders - $18.50

Additional child  - $8.00

Discounted Group prices available

$140.00 per person. Strictly non refundable. 

Experience what happens behind the scenes with a Little Penguin Close Encounter.  Learn about their rescue and rehabilitation, and day-to-day care of these character-filled little birds.  You will also take part in hand-feeding them.  This is a popular encounter and bookings are essential.

  • Time: Available daily at 1 pm
  • Duration: Approx 45 minutes
  • Maximum of 4 persons (same booking). Anyone under 12 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult with a minimum participation age of 6 years old.

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Cost $55 NZD per adult, $40 NZD per child. 1pm daily. Duration 30 minutes. Bookings essential, Maximum of 4 people. 

Come out of your shell, step into our keeper's shoes and head behind the scenes into the terrapin habitat.

Get up close with this impressive squad of tiny turtles - you’ll be surprised at how quickly they can move. After helping our keeper collate some offi-shell records, you will need a steady hand to dish up some nutritious morsels for their lunch.

You’ll have a shell of a good time with the terrapins at the National Aquarium.

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Open daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Closed Christmas Day

Close Encounter - Please enquire and book at least 24 hours prior to your encounter

Contact us

Phone +64 6 8341911
Freephone 0800 847488
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100 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4110
Open every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm

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