Hawke's Bay Tourism


National Aquarium of New Zealand

The Ultimate Underwater Experience!

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is situated on Marine Parade in Napier and has a reef tank, a travelator which spirals its way beneath the enormous oceanarium, creating the impression of a true underwater experience, and a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment.

See marine life at our aquarium in Napier which features sharks, stingrays and hundreds of fish species, a crocodile and some kiwis. The main tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand is 24 metres long, 30 metres wide, and 3 metres deep and takes 1,500,067 litres of water to fill. View the 1,500 fish as they swim and feed above you as you stroll through the 50-metre long tunnel.

The latest exhibit at our Napier aquarium is an interactive display providing education and information about tsunami. Visitors will love interacting with our touch pool and viewing the surge pool, rock pool and the Kiwi environment, as well as seeing our very own lizards, spiders and wetas. The ground floor of the National Aquarium of New Zealand is a dedicated to the New Zealand environment.

Take a look at the Tuatara Exhibit with its stepped and shelved coastal wave and wind cut rockwork. On the upstairs floor you can view the different continents of the world. Observe the salt water crocodile exhibit with its split level tank and mangrove forest. Relax by the Japanese garden with its cave fish display.

Exit from the Japanese garden into the harsh outback life of Australia with its skink display. Travel to the amazing Rift Valley at the African exhibit with its themed fishing village including hut, boat, fishing nets etc. There is a themed souvenir shop, a café, public car parking nearby, disabled parking and access, and our Napier aquarium is within easy walking distance of the centre of the city. Feeding times are 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Admission to the National Aquarium of New Zealand Hours: Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 7 days a week. Closed Christmas Day (25th December) Allow one to two hours for your enjoyable visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand. The last entry is 30 minutes before closing time. Family concessions and gift vouchers are available.

Location – You will find the National Aquarium of New Zealand located on Marine Parade, Napier in sunny Hawke's Bay. The Aquarium is only 10 minutes walk from Napier City. For further information about our Napier aquarium, please contact us or visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand Web site. Highlights of Hawke's Bay.

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