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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Behind the scenes and feeding Piranhas!

This is a small aquarium but they seem to make the best out of their space and obviously love their... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lincoln, Nebraska
Part of a tour

Only entered as part of a tour to see the rescue penquins and to see the kiwi but what we did see... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hazel B
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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
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“penguin feeding” (67 reviews)
“marine life” (44 reviews)
“blue penguins” (37 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

This is a small aquarium but they seem to make the best out of their space and obviously love their animals. The aquarium has developed from a fish tank in a shoe store to the facility today, and it is still growing! A tour of...More

Thank Aeloa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Only entered as part of a tour to see the rescue penquins and to see the kiwi but what we did see was great . Only cost a few dollars to gain entry to see everything and very easy for wheelchairs to use.

Thank Hazel B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited this as it was a rainy day. Animals were active in the tanks and there is a kiwi. Watched the penguin feeding time, but would recommend going when there aren’t many kids there as they kept moving around to find spaces. The travellator for...More

Thank Dormouse101
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a wonderful place to visit for all ages! The beautiful glass seawater fish aquarium was home to some amazing fish all enjoying their life within the beautiful waters. The penguins looked like they were having such fun and below water were swimming some delightful...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Aquarium was good for the kids as they have never been before but i have. Definitely more for the kids than adults

Thank alysiak1995
Reviewed 6 days ago

We popped in here on a wet day, mainly to see the kiwis. We were lucky to have a really good view of them. But we also enjoyed the other exhibits too. The creatures are kept in attractive, clean tanks etc., and are obviously well...More

Thank margaret j
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did enjoy my time at the national aquarium. I was told before that it isn't a big place so I wasn't disappointed, since it is a bit small. It is still totally worth it. I spend quite some time there, watching the shark and...More

Thank Natasha0606
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe not quite as bad as some reviews suggest but definitely not worth the 21! dollars. Turtle Terry doesn't appear to be miserable so who knows, he might actually be fine. His tank actually is 12 mtrs. long and about 2.5 mtrs. wide. The rest...More

Thank Rudy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's great to know that if you go to NZ, you'll see the national bird, live and in action. We enjoyed our time a the Aquarium (we weren't planning that, but on a rainy-ish morning, it was the thing to do). The aquarium is small...More

Thank JennJ15
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Napier for the second time on a cruise ship, we thought we would give the aquarium a 'go'. Although a little small (apparently going to be upgraded eventually) we found it very enjoyable. We were able to clearly see the 2 Kiwis and were...More

Thank RandM30
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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!
23 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