The National Aquarium

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The National Aquarium is a great place to view marine and freshwater species; and a window into the underwater world.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand features a reef tank that creates a true underwater experience and a typical New Zealand Rocky shore environment. It’s also home to many sharks, stingrays and hundreds of fish species that can be caught along the East Coast of New Zealand. There are also eels, trout, sea horses, turtles, octopus, tropical marine fish, Kiwi, Tuatara, water dragons, native frogs and a large crocodile on display.

And while you’re at the aquarium, you can get up close with some of your favourite animals, including New Zealand’s native Little Blue Penguin.

Engaging Activities

Visitors can use daily animal feedings, diver presentations, touch pool experiences, and other interactive activities. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can swim with the sharks!

Complete your visit by exploring the gift shop for a souvenir to remember your experience or take a breather at the on-site café with its delicious food options and stunning ocean views. The National Aquarium also offers birthday party services, sleepovers, and venue hire for corporate events.

Conservation Initiatives

The National Aquarium of New Zealand goes beyond just a display of aquatic life; it’s also actively involved in rescue and rehabilitation, education, and conservation initiatives. You can see this in action at the New Zealand fur seals rehabilitation centre and the penguin rescue and rehabilitation program.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier is more than just a place to view marine and freshwater species; it’s a window into the underwater world, a leader in animal care, and a gateway to learning about conservation. It’s a place where you’ll leave with a greater appreciation for our water-dwelling co-inhabitants of Earth.

Whether you’re an enthusiastic marine biologist or just looking for a family-friendly day out, visiting the National Aquarium in Napier promises an engaging, educational, and enjoyable experience.

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