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National Aquarium, Napier
(3.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Not gorgeous but quite interesting. Highlight is the tunnel within the great basin that almost feel like when diving. A conveyor belt ensures smooth run, but because I was almost alone in the system, I couldn't stop myself virtually unlimited in every area. Only a small Penguin in the enclosures, always the same who made a strange impression railway. Moved to the wall and the Plexiglas window along.
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  • Great place to visit for a few hours, well laid out. You can also swim with the sharks in the main tank. Lots of variety 
  • If you are an animal lover then this place will break your heart. The tanks are small and very over-crowded. I am still haunted by the sight of a very large (and beautiful) sea turtle in a tank so sma...  more »