National Aquarium Of New Zealand, Napier

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  • 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
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About National Aquarium Of New Zealand, Napier

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.

National Aquarium Of New Zealand Information

  • The gift shop is fantastic.

National Aquarium Of New Zealand Opening and Closing Hours

  • 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.

How To reach National Aquarium Of New Zealand by Public Transport

  • Napier Station 

Restaurants Near National Aquarium Of New Zealand

  • Mint, Pacifica Kaimona Restaurant, Hog’s Breath Café, Emporium Eatery and Bar

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National Aquarium Of New Zealand, Napier Reviews

  • The aquarium was really interesting! There was a lot of information and the people who worked there were super nice and chatted to us and answered all our random questions. The only think I would improve is the kiwi exhibit. A lot of tourists were going through that section and ignored the signs to be quite and not have flash on their cameras. I know this isn't the aquariums fault, however if there had been a bit more signage then perhaps this may not be so much of an issue?

  • I had the joy of having a sleepover at the aquarium. We scuba dived in the big tank with the sharks and were allowed to help feed them. That was fantastic. The guide was really passionate and knowledgable. We slept right next to the big window and had a night tour of the place too. It looks quite different at night, and the Kiwis had their daytime! It was so hot that weekend, the heat got in to where we slept which made for a bit of a sweaty night, but apart from that, what a great experience!.

  • A fantastic experience for all. I was spell bound and my grand children absolutely loved it. You need to walk through slowly or you mite miss something. Well worth taking the conveyor belt twice or jump off for a great browse.

  • This was the first place we saw real live kiwis (at an aquarium, no less!) which was awesome. The aquarium itself is great and the exhibits well maintained and interesting. We also enjoyed the informative and interesting geology exhibit at the main entrance. The best part for me was the penguin rehab sanctuary.

  • Such a neat place. We took little kiddies and they loved it, but it perfect for any age. A bit humid inside in summer, but that’s to be expected. Book ahead for the shark swimming !

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