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Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

#19 of 269 things to do in Auckland Features Animals
23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-528 0603
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Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is home to New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguins and offers a myriad of opportunities to get up close and personal with incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans.For a truly incredible experience, take the plunge on an Animal Adventure – we offer cage-free shark dives, PADI-recognised diver training, snorkel and scuba safaris through the Oceanarium or the chance to hand-feed the giant stingrays!
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23 Tamaki Dr | Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-528 0603
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is small and old, but the experience of seeing Queen Penguins and sharks feeding was great! I personally enjoyed sitting at the cafe. Watching the wave hitting the window without worrying about getting wet was just amazing :)

Thank Cheuk Kiu M
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband was delighted to be able to use his over 65 years gold card discount. Our kids who were six and eight had a great time. They have a lot of knowledge about the sea, but it was still very educational for them. We...More

Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Its been a while since we were there however its still a good place to visit on a rainy day Lots to keep them entertained and the feeding shows were great

Thank Ken S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The perfect outing for your family. The best part is the penguin breeding program! We loved admiring the beautiful penguins. Other highlights include the jellyfish and seahorse displays.

Thank Gemma B
Reviewed 5 days ago

An average experience. I think one visit is sufficient. it's located underground, so it doesn't stick out in the natural environment as much as an above-ground building would. There is very much an order of operations - it's not like most museums and aquariums where...More

Thank ArghyaKolkata
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my first experience to watch the penguins. They are quite many penguins. The sharks are not so big. Overall still not bad. But the trip is quite short.

Thank jing l
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience for kids, lots to see and learn about, staff doing the stingray feeding were very informative and added another level to a great day out. Gift shop prices were affordable which meant the kids could get something little each.

Thank NumbereightBar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as a family, with our son and partner and grandson who is 10 months old. We had a really good experience as the grandson was mesmerised with all the fish and anything that moved. Would recommend for familys and young children, plenty of...More

Thank Angiec1963
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I absolutely love this place! We got some discounted tickets from an entertainment book, so we're excited to head in and have a look at what was new as we hadn't been in the last 5 or so years. The aquariums are absolutely gorgeous and...More

Thank akwales
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a little aquarium and it has a great amount of animals to see. The penguins were fantastic as they are only about 10cm away from you through the glass. The rays are magnificent and the talks educational. I would highly recommend buying the...More

Thank Lisa-lynx
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Response from Jess D | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Junamobley | Reviewed this property |
Yes family pass available
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3 December 2016|
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Response from VikramWKarve | Reviewed this property |
If you arrive early on a weekday you may get parking space right opposite the Aquarium. On Weekends - you may have to park some distance away in case there is a rush.