National Aquarium Of New ZealandCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 546 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 64-68341404
- Ticket Price: 20 NZD
- Tags: Aquarium, Family And Kids
This water zoo has been Napier’s top tourist draw for over 30 years, attracting over 250000 annually in it’s initial days, when the population of Napier itself was only 5000. 1500 animals spread across fifty species have been attracting much attention to this oceanarium. A travelator circles underneath this man made water paradise, through sharks, stingrays and crocs. A lot of the displays are dedicated to Kiwi species, one of the rare specialisations of that kind in the world. Special features to check out include the Japanese Garden, the Australian Outback, and the African Rift Valley.
- The gift shop is fantastic.
- Hand feeding by diver in Pania Reef Tank: 10am
- Hand feeding by diver in the Oceanarium: 2pm
- Penguin feeding time: 9.30am, 1.30pm or 3.30pm.
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- Mint, Pacifica Kaimona Restaurant, Hog’s Breath Café, Emporium Eatery and Bar
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86.33% of people who visit Napier include National Aquarium Of New Zealand in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
45.16% of people start their National Aquarium Of New Zealand visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see National Aquarium Of New Zealand
92.31% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Aquarium Of New Zealand
A very cool place with a decent variety of marine and land animals to look at. I particularly liked the glass tunnels with sharks and stingrays and other fish swimming around you. They have an aquarium with piranhas too! And penguin feeding time is also neat. Overall definitely worth visiting if you happen to be in Napier, great place.
I loved this place so much! Definitely worth a visit...maybe skip the cafe though. Gift shop is pretty good. Didn't have any cut blue penguin soft toys when we went but that's okay we found plenty of other cool things :)
It's our second visit here our 17 month old loved it, spent a long time looking at penguins and big fish swimming over us in the tunnel. That's not all of course there is A LOT of exhibits that are fascinating to look at and read about. Location is great.
Had my daughter's 7th birthday party here today. So much fun. Kids and adults engaged throughout and staff went out of their way to make the experience special (thanks Scottie!) Highly recommended for parties!
The national has a lovely selection of a variety of marine life but some of the displays are a very poorly lit like the kiwi exhibit. I assume it's by design as the kiwi are scared little birds and seek shelter as soon as possible, but it makes them hard to observe nonetheless. The penguins are the stars of the aquarium. Each penguin is a rescue and would have had trouble surviving in the wild. The aquarium nominates a naughty penguin of the month, nicest penguin of the month and penguin of the year. Timmy is one of the friendliest penguins among the lot and he comes the closest to the people. Other than the penguins the aquarium is a bit small and you can complete the round in about an hour if you read every bit of information. Worth the visit to see the beautiful blue green small penguins.