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National Aquarium, Napier

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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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pier boasts a range of accommodations, most located on the tip of land that ends at the Port of pier. From boutique Art Deco hotels and rental apartments to backpacker hostels, the central district offers options for many tastes and price ranges. With the city's buildings so attractive, a sea view may not be as much of a deal-breaker as it is elsewhere. Farther out of town, you can choose from an array of more economical motels, or at a campsite.
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  • Get there early and have breakfast at the cafe then head to the penguin feeding. All the penguins are rescued with some sort of disability. They even have a kiwi bird you can see once your eyes adjust...  more »
  • While staying at one of the hotels just across the street, we decided to spend a few hours at the National Aquarium with our 14 year old son. Entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for kids up to 14. So ...  more »
  • A truly excellent, well set out, educational, informative and reasonably priced attraction! The rescued penguins are not to be missed!  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