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National Aquarium of New Zealand

Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

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.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand's proximity to the ocean allows fresh seawater to be pumped directly to tanks and enclosures. Apart from its diverse exhibits, this magnificent, modern attraction incorporates some of the latest technological life support and operational systems.

An underwater travelator takes you beneath the massive oceanarium as hundreds of fish swim and feed above and around you.

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 $22.00

Children (from 3 to 14 years) $11.00

Children (under 3 years) no charge

Student $20.00

Family (under 2 adults & up to 2 children) $60.00

Senior Citizens (65+) and Community Services Card holders $15.50

Extra child $6.00

$90.00 per person

The National Aquarium is the only place in New Zealand where you can have a close encounter with these friendly and entertaining little birds. Little Penguins (also referred to as Little Blue Penguins) are only found in New Zealand and South Australia (where they're called Fairy Penguins).

Witness for yourself their individual personalities as they run, waddle and race around like aeroplanes across the sand and underwater. Take part in hand-feeding, look them in the eye, touch their skin and intimately experience what goes on behind the scenes discovering all about the day-to-day care of these character-filled little birds.

  • Time: Available daily at 9 am and 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.

Must be pre-booked

$90.00 per person

Discover how different, yet similar these two exquisite fish are. From tinned peaches to raw beef, help prepare food for these cousins, then feed them. Just remember they love warm-blooded mammals for dinner, so watch your fingers!

  • Time: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 am
  • Duration: Approx 45 minutes
  • Maximum of 2 people. Minimum age 6 years. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Booking essential

$90.00 per person

Meet the aquarium’s alligator Cheryl. Help prepare her lunch and learn about her favourite meals and what the difference is between an alligator and a crocodile. Then watch her flash her toothy smile as she's fed some meaty treats.

  • Time: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 2.30 pm
  • Duration: Approx 45 minutes
  • Maximum of 2 people. Minimum age 6 years. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Bookings: Only available in warmer months. November 1st - March 31st

Bookings are essential. Please enquire at least 24 hours prior to your Alligator Close Encounter.

$120.00 per person includes snorkel, wetsuit and fins

The National Aquarium is the only place in New Zealand where you can swim freely with the sharks (in a wetsuit not a cage). The thrill of this experience will form the memory of a lifetime as the greatest underwater predators take your breath away.

You don’t have to be a qualified diver to Swim with the Sharks as this is a surface snorkelling swim only, not a SCUBA dive. Your swim will be fully supervised as you eyeball sharks, stingrays and skates, and get up close with local fish like kahawai and snapper. Guaranteed to get your blood pumping and send your adrenaline levels through the roof!

  • Time: Daily at 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Maximum of 5 people. Children under 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential. All equipment - snorkel, wetsuit and fins - is supplied and general admission is included in your swim price

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

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

Make a booking

Make a booking enquiry and a Napier i-SITE consultant will contact you shortly with booking options.

All bookings are subject to availability and will be confirmed after booking has been received.

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100 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4110
Open every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm

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