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National Aquarium, Napier

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Zoo / Aquarium
Observe creatures of the deep at National Aquarium. New Zealand's premier aquarium displays over 100 different exhibits, housing species from New Zealand and Australia as well faraway seas. Its 1.5 million liter (396,258 US gal) oceanarium draws the most visitors, with an underwater viewing tunnel that immerses you in the habitat of the fish. Make sure to check the hand-feeding schedule upon arrival to avoid missing the sharks and penguins enjoying their lunch. The onsite cafe serves light meals, snacks, and coffee made by qualified baristas. Plan to visit National Aquarium and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Napier attractions using our Napier trip itinerary builder.
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  • Overall this is pretty standard for a small aquarium. Lots of different tanks and educational. I'm sure kids would enjoy it. Probably better to visit during penguin feeding times, although the space f...  more »
  • This place was incredible. Worth every penny to go and see. Lots and lots to see... blue penguins, turtles, piranhas, sharks, stingrays and the big glass tank that you go through on the escalator was ...  more »
  • Family morning out at Aquarium whilst in Napier. Lovely walk down the sea front, but ample parking available. Saw Penguins being fed and a diver feeding in reef. All looked well managed. Diver was amu...  more »
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  • Had a great time at this aquarium. There is a good variety of species. The penguin exhibit is really cool - you can get very close to the penguins while they are swimming. The ocean tunnel is great and there are a lot of sharks and stingrays. They also have an excellent kiwi enclosure. Visiting when it first opens in the morning is worthwhile as there's fewer people and a number of feedings to watch.
  • This is a fantastic place to see marine life that you have never seen before. I am not a fan of creatures caged in small spaces but this aquarium has done well to balance the display of all there marine life while separating them form the wild. The penguin rescue center was a real treat to see as all these penguins would have passed on if it was not for the help of the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
  • A wonderful Aquarium really enjoyed our visit great location just a short walk from centre of town right on the beach. Very friendly and passionate staff who clearing enjoy their work and the creatures they have on display. Highly recommended
  • I really like the cool art work in and outside the building. Very original! The aquarium is great. Alot for an adult ticket ($20)
  • It's a small aquarium but that actually makes it quite nice as it is just about the right size for younger kids to see everything and keep their interest. The cafe is decent which is good because it's a bit of a walk to anywhere else.