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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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Love the Penguins!

We went here specifically to see the little Blue Penguins and were not disappointed. They are highly entertaining and fun to watch. We also saw the native Kiwi bird, in a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Warragul, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a big surprise while we visited Napier. Great layout, opposite our motel and friendly staff. Lots of great exhibits and the bonus of the kiwi exhibition. All to ourselves. Don't miss at $20 for an adult.

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Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here specifically to see the little Blue Penguins and were not disappointed. They are highly entertaining and fun to watch. We also saw the native Kiwi bird, in a simulated nocturnal setting, which were also quite fascinating to watch. A trip to New Zealand is not complete without seeing these wonderful creatures! There were also, sharks, sea turtles... More 

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Thank kdh78
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great family attraction, very friendly helpful staff. Clean well cared for attraction, plea toy of fish to see. Nice cafe.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My girls (aged 5 and 2) and I had a great time here! It's not super big, but large enough for a couple of hours. We were fascinated by the turtles and the girls loved the oceanarium. Probably a tad overpriced for an adult ($20), but well worth a visit.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The National Aquarium is a good place to visit with friends or family and you can also have kids birthday parties here (which we did and it was a fun day!) Located on the waterfront of Napier, along the Marine Parade it has lots to view and the kids love it. You can get up close and personal with the... More 

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Yellowknife, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The aquarium is a manageable size and doesn't try to do too much. A colorful array of tropical fish, a fun cluster of little blue penguins, and kiwis were the highlights. If you're interested in why earthquakes happen, there's also a display on that. An enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

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Tuakau, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The aquarium was a great pleasure to visit. Some of the exhibits were fascinating. All of them were very interesting. The aquarium exhibits include a tuatara, little blue penguins and two kiwis playing chase in the dark! The climax is a moving walkway through a huge tank which includes rays and sharks, the fist such walkway in the world.

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Thank David L
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Aquarium in Napier during Art Deco Weekend as on the Satyuday afternoon it was pouring. The Aquarium appears to be really 'child friendly ' we didn't have a child with us but the tanks etc were all really well sited so the little ones could see. Fabulous to see the Kiwi and othe local species but was expecting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to see and do, we spent 2 hours wandering around. It was great to see the new Lab exhibit explaining our earthquakes etc, and we would have spend a good 10-15 mins fascinated with the Kiwi enclosure. We had included in our visit a swim with Sharks, this was amazing!

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Thank Tanya P
Dunfermline
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here 2nd January before going back to Wellington. Feeding the Fish fun for children to see and good to let them see the fish sharks etc up close. Loved the notices the divers put up for everyone to read. Live very near Deep Sea World in Scotland and although not as big, an excellent place... Loved the part on... More 

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