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National Aquarium

#6 of 72 things to do in Napier Features Animals
Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Get a family year pass!

Such a great place for kids, really interactive and lots of varied displays. We are local so bought... read more

Reviewed yesterday
2adults3kids2017
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Hastings, New Zealand
Good attraction and good value for momey

Good aquarium with plenty of fish. Interesting to see the penguins. Entry fee is good value. Worth... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rachel T
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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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  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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+64 6-834 1404
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Reviewed yesterday

Such a great place for kids, really interactive and lots of varied displays. We are local so bought a year pass for the price of two visits. Kids love it everytime.

Thank 2adults3kids2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good aquarium with plenty of fish. Interesting to see the penguins. Entry fee is good value. Worth a visit if you're in Napier for a few days.

Thank Rachel T
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Has been 20 odd years since last visited aquarium and not much has changed.was good to revisit but wouldn't rush back.

Thank brendawW6564VK
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit again and we appreciate your feedback

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even when you go to the aquarium often, it never gets tiring. Being a local with a small child, we go at least every couple of months. My son just loves it.More

Thank 20kel68
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Great to read that you are local and come regularly. If you havn't already, we recommend signing up as an annual 'Friends of the Aquarium' member. This provides great value for money by providing unlimited entry to the Aquarium for a year at an affordable...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Penguins are so cute. Lovely place to visit. Lots to see and learn. Bringing back the kids next time.

Thank Maria E
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very nice aquarium. smaller version of Kelly Tarltons in Auckland but a great display and lots of interesting displays. just missed out on the shark feeding but enjoyed the feeding session for the small penguins.

Thank Bruce V
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and hopefully next time you can catch the shark feeding. We look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Alright experience although they could add a area for kids to do activities as the walk around is short and not much to keep little ones entertained :) just a suggestion staff is friendly and helpful so that's a plus also quite pricey.

Thank tara p
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Appreciate your feedback and suggestion about a kids activity area. This is something we will definitely consider in any future development. Thank you

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice Aquarium! Nowhere else in New Zealand can you experience such a large and diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife, both native species and from around the world, than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, Hawke's Bay. //Mats Samaras, Stockholm,...More

Thank MatsSamaras
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not usually an of zoo or aquarium, but I learned a lot about species and I found it pretty interactive. Seeing two kiwis running around in the dark was a nice surprise.

Thank nina1007
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and commenting on your experience.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have to admit,the highlight was the cafe. The penguins were cute and entertaining but the general feel wasn't overwhelming. Disappointing that this it the national aquarium yet I didn't see and reference to Maori- a far contrast to te papa!More

Thank Caralinem1985
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit us and comment on your experience. It is a shame to read that you felt underwhelmed in some areas and you do mention references to Maori. We do have a dedicated area that talks about the legend...More

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nurunet
24 January 2017|
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Response from NationalAquariumHB | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. This Encounter involves Kiwi and Tuatara, a native reptile. You will help the keeper prepare food for both animals. You will get a one on one overview of both species and what makes them so... More
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Huan F
9 April 2016|
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Response from NationalAquariumHB | Property representative |
Hi, Thanks for your question. We do not currently have a public option to Scuba Dive at the National Aquarium. The reason it is listed in the price page on our website is for dive schools who sometimes use the Aquarium to... More
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Carlos C
26 February 2016|
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Response from NationalAquariumHB | Property representative |
From Rotorua, travel to Taupo along state highway 5 and then from Taupo to Napier along state highway 1. The National Aquarium can be found along the marine parade in Napier. This is a two and a half to three hour trip by... More
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