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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Great outing for kids

Have been before, but kids were happy to go back, good value for money, and our youngest who didn’t... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Sadly underwhelmed

I had such high hopes for the Aquarium, having not been here since I was a teen and following the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“penguin feeding” (62 reviews)
“marine life” (42 reviews)
“blue penguins” (34 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Have been before, but kids were happy to go back, good value for money, and our youngest who didn’t remember our first visit thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank DanniiW2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had such high hopes for the Aquarium, having not been here since I was a teen and following the redevelopment I was so excited! When I got to the end I couldn't believe we were there already. Really small, but easy layout and you...More

Thank mrsandmrnovember
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not the biggest but nicely presented fresh and salt water species in a modern setting. Interestingly assembled for young minds. Hopefully the kids don’t go too mad but the cafe is a let down with inedible pizza.

Thank Martin C
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent small aquarium. Good range of fish etc. Also a lovely kiwi on display. The fairy penguins are really cute and lively.

Thank Time2travel2OS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for something to do during a stop over in Napier- not the most exciting aquarium considering it’s NZ’s national aquarium but well kept and nice place to spend an hour or so on a not so nice day. Lots of nice features...More

Thank kb882017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice place to visit. There are a lot of animals to see, however my favorite was Kiwi, which is not so tipical in an aquarium but you can see here. Recommended.

Thank SzF73
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I totally enjoyed it and the instructor was so helpful and friendly ....I will definitely do it again if I go to Napier

Thank aliyaalhaddad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to visit. Not the biggest aquarium but a fair amount to see. Lovely and clean. Plenty of parking and a reasonable price with a cafe on one of the floors. You can watch different feeding times too.

Thank jenmarknz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been here before but was first time with my son. He thoroughly enjoyed it and had a great time. Look forward to next time.

Thank YVED
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Finally made it along and while lots of great information is provided it seemed a bit dark and in need to bring modernized a bit. The conveyor through the big tank is great but with the lights is a bit had to make out which...More

Thank Sarah P
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25 September 2017|
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Response from Braesidedave | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we had no problems with size, group ranging from 110kgs to 80kgs. Very accommodating instructor ensuring we were comfortable and well briefed. Take a camera for some great close ups of the sharks. Enjoy!
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
Huan F
9 April 2016|
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