Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, Auckland Central

On the Auckland waterfront, Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium showcases the underwater treasures of the South Ocean through more than 30 exhibits and 9 themed areas. You can get really close to king and gentoo penguins, see stingrays and jellyfish, and even stroll through an exciting shark tunnel. Adventurous visitors can try shark diving, with or without a protective cage. See Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium and all Auckland Central has to offer by arranging your trip with our Auckland Central trip planner .
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Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium Reviews
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  • October 11, 2017
    The cost for 2 adults and 1 child is over $80!!!!!!! We spent all of 45 mins in the building. Even my 8 year old said she expected it to be so much better. We passed the penguin encounter to find a sl...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    This is a great outing for families with kids between 5-12 years where much time could be spent on activities such as colouring, making slime and of course viewing marine animals. During school holida...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    My parents were visiting from overseas and thought it a good idea to take them to Kelly Tarlton's as we had never been before either. What a lovely day we had. Parents were fascinated by all the diffe...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    Kelly Tarlton's is great for kids and parents. The tickets are not cheap - that was my only 'put off'. But we managed to get a good discount (free kids ticket) via the Entertainment book. I would recommend getting tickets with a discount as the normal price is $39 for adults, but a family pass is cheaper. With a discounted entry I thought it was well worth it. There is a lot to see including penguins, jellyfish, sharks and many many species of New Zealand fish. My son loved the whole experience and we will definitely be visiting again!
  • August 13, 2017
    Ventilation is poor in some areas. Felt cramped. Relatively small place, can go through within an hour going at a steady pace. Car parks are very limited, had to wait 10-15 minutes for someone to finish their session and leave the area, I guess it's reasonable considering the size of the venue. Great place for kids, can be educational. The normal price is a bit on the high side for what it offers, get it on discount if you can
  • July 26, 2017
    This is a difficult review. I used to come here as a child and loved it. There is still a certain amount of nostalgia attached as a result. Unfortunately, despite the injection of funds inserted as a result of becoming a Sea Life aquarium this place is looking a little worse for wear. There are a lot of great attractions and excellent information available. It did however, feel smaller than other Sea Life Aquariums I have been to. Still a fun couple of hours before going to the airport.
  • September 16, 2017
    Such a cool place for all. Children will love it as well as adults. Watching the sea life swim above you is amazing. The penguins were so cute.
  • May 3, 2017
    Located 10 minutes away from the city by drive, this place is a penguin paradise. They provide free shuttle service every 20 minutes past hour from Kelly Tarlton's to Quay St. The place provides friendly customer service at the front desk. Don't miss out on getting your photos clicked as you go ahead. This is one of the best souvenirs and memory to take back home. The cafe doesn't have much food options but the seating overlooks the scenic view of the city. If you visit, do not miss out the fish feeding. The map provides all the information. There's plenty of activities for the kids. While exiting, you go through the gift shop and this is the best place to purchase toys or gifts for loved ones. They have plenty of collection of key rings, accessories and so on. At last, you get to buy the photos and don't forget to grab a key ring and magnet that you can customize. Best time to visit is weekdays but this depends on your itinerary. Overall a fabulous experience and complete value for money.

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