National Aquarium, Napier

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#1 of 12 in Parks in Napier
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. Put National Aquarium on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Napier road trip app .
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  • It was okay. Penguins are fun to watch as was the kiwi. The shark tank is a cool exhibit. It’s $21 per adult a bit steep but it does support the aquarium. A good rainy day activity.  more »
  • A lovely place to spend an hour or two, if the weather takes a downward turn. From penguins to kiwis to dinosaurs (fossil!), it's all here. Oh, don't forget it's an aquarium - a wide variety of fish, ...  more »
  • Overall I kid-friendly exhibits. You just visited, so I felt slightly so incomplete. The dark is a Kiwi.
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  • The aquarium was really interesting! There was a lot of information and the people who worked there were super nice and chatted to us and answered all our random questions. The only think I would improve is the kiwi exhibit. A lot of tourists were going through that section and ignored the signs to be quite and not have flash on their cameras. I know this isn't the aquariums fault, however if there had been a bit more signage then perhaps this may not be so much of an issue?
  • I had the joy of having a sleepover at the aquarium. We scuba dived in the big tank with the sharks and were allowed to help feed them. That was fantastic. The guide was really passionate and knowledgable. We slept right next to the big window and had a night tour of the place too. It looks quite different at night, and the Kiwis had their daytime! It was so hot that weekend, the heat got in to where we slept which made for a bit of a sweaty night, but apart from that, what a great experience!.
  • A fantastic experience for all. I was spell bound and my grand children absolutely loved it. You need to walk through slowly or you mite miss something. Well worth taking the conveyor belt twice or jump off for a great browse.
  • Great place to see not only sea creatures but also Kiwi birds. Reasonable price for entry and great shop.
  • This was the first place we saw real live kiwis (at an aquarium, no less!) which was awesome. The aquarium itself is great and the exhibits well maintained and interesting. We also enjoyed the informative and interesting geology exhibit at the main entrance. The best part for me was the penguin rehab sanctuary.

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