Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland

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Ballet Zoo / Aquarium
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. Plan your Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium visit and explore what else you can see and do in Auckland using our Auckland itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • Took our grandchildren here on a wet rainy day. They had been before but still loved the visit, although for them the best part did not seem to be the aquatic life but the moving corridor as we went r...  more »
  • My first visit to Kelly Tarleton's Sea Life Aquarium. Excellent destination on blustery rainy day, being underground. Even better I was admitted free cos it was my birthday!!! Penguins - wonderful to ...  more »
  • This is a fun little hop on the Hop On/Hop Off Explorer Bus. You get a bit of a discount if you use that bus. They have lots of fun and cute penguins. A good place to go if it's raining outside.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Very disappointing service from Kelly Tarlton's! Still awaiting a refund for a family member who was unable to attend on the day with our group due to sickness. Asked the staff at the counter for a refund on the prepaid ticket and they said they were unable to process. After the Penguin Experience attempted to see the manager and waited 20 minutes before a message that they were too busy. Left details and have called back twice with our complaint and no reply despite promises. Staff seem more focused on sales from souvenir shop and cafe than fixing problems and issues with customers. Spoiled an otherwise great day.
  • So much fun with the 3D drawing, the kids loved it and can spend a lot of time there. Loved the Penguin, they are super cute. Definitely will go there again.
  • Takes one hour to go through. Not even remotely comparable to other aquariums I have been to, but just as expensive. Instead of feeling delighted to see the penguins, you feel sad that they are held captive. Additionally​, the description of the animals was poorly written, uninspiring, or lacking. For example, is that another species of penguin or a baby penguin that I'm seeing? (Baby) What makes the Tuatara a special lizard to New Zealand? (It's as old as the dinosaurs and has a third eye on its back). All that being said, they did have some rare and very interesting animals!