Pricing and Conditions

Adult $150.00
Child
(10 year(s) and under)
$40.00
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6

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Daily feeding times are 10.00am for the reef fish, 2pm for the Oceanarium and the little penguins at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Babies & Toddlers under 3 - Free. Student and Senior Citizen Rates - Proof of ID required.

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All bookings for Close Encounters are 100% non-refundable due to the limited numbers available. All group bookings require final numbers 48 hours in advance. Cancellation up to 48 hours notice - no charge. Cancellation 24 - 48 hours incurs 100% cost

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About

The National Aquarium in Napier is one of the only places in New Zealand where you can have a Close Encounter with these entertaining little birds. Little Penguins (also referred to as Little Blue Penguins) are only found in New Zealand and South Australia (where they're called Fairy Penguins). Witness for yourself their individual characteristics as they run, waddle and race around like aeroplanes across the sand and underwater. As part of your encounter, you'll also experience what goes on behind the scenes, discovering all about the day-to-day care of these character-filled little birds and take part in hand-feeding them. Learn about their rescue and rehabilitation and also what you can do to help preserve this special species.

Opening times

Business hours:
9am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm).
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Location

546 Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand.

plane Proximity to airport:
13 mins, 7.5km to Hawke's Bay Airport.
decisions Proximity to town:
Along Marine Parade, close to Napier city centre.

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