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National Aquarium of New Zealand
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US$63.16*
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Little Penguin Encounter
Ranked #12 of 45 things to do in Napier
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Aquarium of New Zealand, on Napier’s Marine Parade, is home to over 100 rich and diverse saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world. You can view native saltwater and freshwater species, as well as exotic reef and deep-sea fish from around the world. Meet the famous Naughty and Good Little Penguins! 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 an alligator and piranhas. Allow one to two hours to make the most of your visit or if you're in the mood for adventure enquire about a swim with the sharks, or a close encounter. Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm. Last entry is at 4.30pm. Daily feeding times are 10am for the reef fish and 2pm for the sharks. The penguins are fed at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Reviewed 2 May 2018

A really good selection of sea life well presented. The staff are very helpful and can easily be approached to answer any questions.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank WendyF2010
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Great aquarium with a huge variety of sealife.
We actually found Nemo here.
They also have a dedicated penguin area and at certain times you can observe the feeding.
Well worth a visit

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank butterflydiva7
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We visited in the afternoon to coincide with most of the feeding, grandchildren enjoyed watching the penguin and shark feeding. Very informative and entertaining.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Helen W
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

The aquarium is quite small and compared to Sydney Aquarium not as exciting. But it had some really lovely touches in it and was priced very reasonably. The smaller crowds made it bearable with young children as it wasn't as overwhelming as Sydney.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank JoanneN1207
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Although this is a small aquarium, it houses a wide range of aquatic animals and wildlife from New Zealand and around the world. We arrived at around lunch time and we got to see the penguin feeding and the Oceanarium feeding (including sharks and rays). We were very happy to finally see a kiwi. The penguin feeding was a highlight for me!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank SuzieLee71
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