If you’ve been wanting to see a little bit of wildlife in action in New Zealand, then we’ve got the perfect activity for your stack! Get up close and personal with the Korora, New Zealand’s waddling models and the world’s smallest penguins! Learn about these amazing birds as well as plenty of other fascinating species at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
What is Napier known for?
The National Aquarium of New Zealand is home to over 100 species of animals from the islands and all over the world! Explore the mysteries of under the sea, and the wonders of the land as you explore the aquariums 9 different enclosures. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the deep in The Oceanarium, where you’ll see sharks, stingrays and more gliding through the water. Meet the native New Zealand icon, the Kiwi, unique to the country and try to spot the Tuatara lizard, a living fossil that has been around since the Dinosaur age! Meet their slimy, spectacular modern counterparts as you admire the Water Dragons climb high, or sit back and relax as you discover the natural splendours of coral reefs with beautiful fish and corals.
The highlight of your visit will probably be your meeting with the waddling wonders of New Zealand. Watch the tiny, spirited penguins dart through the waters and visit at feeding time to watch their special live show. Book a space on the Little Penguin Close encounter, where you’ll get to go into the enclosure yourself, hand-feed them and learn all about what goes on in their daily lives.
Don’t miss this fantastic aquarium in the sunny seaside city of Napier.
- Little Penguin Close Encounter costs NZ$138 pp, includes general admission to the aquarium.
- Standard admission:
Child NZ$12 (3-14yrs)
- Open 9.00am – 5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm.
- Free off-street parking.
- Wheelchair accessible.
- Cafe and retail store on site.
- The Aquarium is located at Hawke’s Bay, about a 15 minute walk from the city centre.