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. 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 had nice exhibits. The penguins exhibits was very good. The walk through aquarium was nice. But the whole site is small.  more »
  • The kiwi and penguin exhibits were the stand out affairs here. The characters of some of the penguins were entertaining. Watching the kiwis interact was also enjoyable. I was hoping to see more on NZ ...  more »
  • Very impressed with the Kiwi enclosure but generally it is a good place to visit and worth the entry fee  more »
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  • This is a rather small aquarium, but makes very good use of the available space. A highlight (even though it is quite dark) is the live Kiwi exhibit. These elusive creatures can be seen active during the day as they have modified the daylight hours inside. But don't miss the penguins, sea turtles, and a long underwater walkway. Quite low entry fee.
  • The New Zealand national aquarium is definitely worth a visit. Set aside a good 2 to 3 hours to view the displays. I certainly enjoyed my time there. It isn't Sea World, Marine Land or Jack Evan's Porpoise Pool.
  • Amazing place! I saw Kiwis in real life for the first time! Also the closest I have ever seen a blue penguin. As an adult I still get excited to see all sorts of animals. This aquarium is very well organised. With big variety of see creatures and nice environment, I definitely recommend this place!
  • Nice place to visit and take the kids! Was bit crowded when we visited... but I'm sure it would be amazing on a calm day. Check the feeding time to entertain the kids.
  • It's a small nice aquarium. A good place to spend a couple of hours with the family. We really enjoyed going! A plus, it's right by the beach so you can make it a whole day outing!
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