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National Aquarium

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Address: Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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+64 6-834 1404
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa O...

Welcome to the national Aquarium, Marine Parade, Napier.Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including sharks, stingrays, living coral, kiwi, tuatara and a huge range of fish species. A fun and educational place to visit for all the family. Located in Napier, the National Aquarium is one of the premier Hawke's Bay Tourist Attractions. Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4:30pm, closed Christmas Day

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Loved the Kiwis!!

This aquarium was really disappointing considering it's the national aquarium, generally it was small, the tanks weren't clean, they were crowded, etc...We really found it below... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Switzerland
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This aquarium was really disappointing considering it's the national aquarium, generally it was small, the tanks weren't clean, they were crowded, etc...We really found it below the current standard for animal welfare. That being said, seeing the kiwis in the kiwi house was great!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not a large aquarium by any sorts and is better suited to the more inquisitive younger members of the family. As for adults and older teens not so exciting. However our main reason to go was to snorkel with the sharks in the main indoor tank. Although you are assured it is safe the Jaws tune still pops up in... More 

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ballybofey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spend our visit swimming with the sharks,it took a half hour.The aquarium is a great place for a wet day,and swimming with the sharks was a treat for my son,he loved it,and it was great to see the background of the aquarium and how it all works.Amazing experience and very well run.

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Thank maggiemooBallybofey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My 5 and 2 year olds enjoyed this place. Such a wonderful learning experience as they saw sharks, turtles, blue penguins, fish of all sizes swimming above them. I could not believe they also had a tank of piranhas and I walked away still not knowing the answer to the question: Can you tell which piranha is the dominant of... More 

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Waipawa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to the National Aquarium with my 2 year old granddaughter. She loved all the animals especially the pinguins and the crocodiles. The enormous tank with the Sharks was also a success. Lots of things to see for both children and adults

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Aquarium is a small aquarium in Napier. It is got a tunnel where you can walk through to see some sea creatures, some penguins as well as some other sea life. It was a nice visit but not a must do.

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Thank Anthony M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in Uganda and saw a snippet on BBC World News about the amazing escape of Inky the octopus from Napier Aquarium! Our kids have been fascinated with this story of Inky slipping out of his tank and contorting his/her body down through a small drain, out to the freedom of the sea - and as we knew that... More 

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Birchgrove, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great looking building in a top location. Charging for 3yr olds however seems stingy, but hey... Small array of average looking fish. Wonderful sea turtle, but sad that he's been here since 1979. Instutionalisation is sad. Walk through overhead aquarium all a bit empty. Several small sharks, one, maybe two stingrays, but otherwise nothing to get too excited about. The... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were impressed by the friendly staff, variety of interesting creatures to see and interactive stuff for the kids. Loved the guy who was doing the feeding talks today. Sunday 15th Jan. He was interesting, funny and informative his diver was hilarious. Made our kids listen and kept interest. Glad we went. Very clean and tidy place too.

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Thank JenTyson
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It can be tricky when you have a toddler to find something that will hold her interest and is safe for her to explore. This was both. We had a great time and I think it is well worth the visit if you have kids of any age,

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NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this review

The National Aquarium is great for all ages and we are glad you all had a great time. Thank you for your feedback More 

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