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National Aquarium

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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-834 1404
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Love to visit here as such a range of sea life. Very educational and love the moving walkway where... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
leoniehastings
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Hastings, New Zealand
via mobile
Informative but short

A neat little aquarium on the waters edge in Napier. The exhibits were informative and the variety... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
frontfootcoverdrive
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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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  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“penguin feeding” (62 reviews)
“marine life” (42 reviews)
“blue penguins” (34 reviews)
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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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+64 6-834 1404
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Love to visit here as such a range of sea life. Very educational and love the moving walkway where you can look up and see the Fish and sharks swimming in the tanks above you. Also great to visit at feeding time and see the...More

Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A neat little aquarium on the waters edge in Napier. The exhibits were informative and the variety of animal life is awesome. We enjoyed seeing the kiwi the most (ironic, being an aquarium!)

Thank frontfootcoverdrive
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see kiwis up close. Lots of info. The penguin like to come up close to see what is going on. Good visit. Need to find out the feeding times before you visit, to plan your time.

Thank tribe68
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you got to see our Kiwi and a close up of the Little Penguin. Thank You for posting

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had our daughters naming ceremony here. We wanted a venue that was a little bit different and thought that the aquarium would be a great option considering the number of small kids attending. They had a couple of different rooms available and we chose...More

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

Thank you for your comments. We are extremely happy we could make your day a memorable one. The Aquarium Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small aquarium but very informative and with great exhibitions. My son particularly enjoyed the kiwis and their little “game” they were playing at the time we were there.

Thank Bobandellie2
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our Kiwi do like to put on a show every now and then. Pleased you enjoyed your visit. Thank You

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spend a lovely afternoon here with my 4 year old! We were there for penguin feeding and the big fish feed where you view a diver from the tunnel feeding the fish! Well worth a visit. The stingrays were beautiful...oh and we saw our first...More

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

Happy you and your son enjoyed your time at the Aquarium. Thank You for visiting

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed my visit and spent time enjoying each exhibit as it was not a busy time. A good variety of marine life and the penguins were good fun to watch. I saw the piranhas being fed! Also lucky enough to see the kiwi right...More

Thank Katl0vr
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are happy you found the Aquarium entertaining. Thank You for the feedback

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Aquarium is well set out to keep children interested as they walk around the different areas to view. The best experience of course is the diver feeding the sharks and other fish and eels in the main tank. The penguins are very cute and...More

Thank Lesley2525
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your visit. See you again soon Thank You

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Exellent, i love the tunnel were you are under tbe sharks and stingrays feels li,e your under the sea

Thank Kay M
NationalAquariumHB, Manager at National Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thanks for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your time with us at the National Aquarium

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely little aquarium and very easy to get around and see almost all the exhibits. Fantastic seeing kiwi moving through the enclosure. Was looking forward to seeing the tuatara but the exhibit was fully lit and no lizards were out of burrows to be seen....More

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

We a happy you got to see our Kiwi. The Tuatara can be difficult to spot. Thank You for visiting The National Aquarium

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amc18082017
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!
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nurunet
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
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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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