National Aquarium, Napier

3.9
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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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  • August 16, 2017
    although it is the national aquarium, it is quite small comparing to aquariums around the world in today's standard. you can see a lot of effort has been put into arranging a fun, informative exhibiti...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Ive been there a few times now and have enjoyed it every time.everything is spotlessly clean and the staff are well trained.The last time I went I took 10 special needs people and they were thrilled w...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    For a nation surrounded by water we really should be offering a much better experience at our national aquarium. It's not bad, but I have been to many better aquariums in other countries, even some ho...  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.
  • Enclosures are well kept and upgraded regularly. Educators and their programs were engaging.
  • This is a great place. Lots to see, not just fish stuff. Also, take as long as you like or go around several times. All for a great price
  • 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

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