The National Aquarium of New Zealand

Nowhere else in New Zealand can you experience such a large and diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife. See both native species and species from around the world, at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier. Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa


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The National Aquarium of New Zealand, stretching along Napier’s Marine Parade like a huge stingray, is home to over 100 rich and diverse saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world. The 1.5 million litre Oceanarium showcases the many and varied aquatic species that exist in the adjacent Hawke Bay. Elsewhere in the aquarium, you can view more native saltwater and freshwater species, as well as exotic reef and deep-sea fish from around the world. The kiwi, tuatara and penguin enclosures provide an insight into New Zealand's most precious species. Also on exhibition are species from the Americas, Asia and Australia, including alligators and piranhas. Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am - 5pm.

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Physical address

The National Aquarium of New Zealand, 546 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier, Hawkes Bay, 4110, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Open every day except Christmas Day, 9am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
10 - 15 minutes
Proximity to coach terminal:
5 minutes
Proximity to town:
5 minutes

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $21.00
(14 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Under 3's Free Admission. Family (2 ad, 2 ch) $57.00, Extra Children Purchased With A Family Pass $6.00, Seniors (With I.D.) $15.00, Students (With I.D) $19.00
Further pricing information:
These rates apply to general admission, self guided tours only. Pricing is subject to change. Swims, Dives, Close Encounters and other Aquarium services require advance booking with rates and conditions available on request.

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