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National Aquarium of New ZealandTe Whare Tangaroa o Aotearoa

Hundreds of fish species - including sharks and stingrays - along with kiwi, tuatara and a waddle of the naughtiest penguins in existence are just some of the attractions at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

National Aquarium at night.

"A must-see in Napier..."

If you're visiting the region, make sure that a visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand is definitely on your to do list while in Hawke's Bay.

With so much to see and do you'll need to allow two hours to take in the displays and activities on offer at the aquarium.

Visit around 10am or 2pm and you will see the exciting diving displays where the feeding demonstrations never fail to delight! Alternatively Penguin feedings at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm can be an ideal opportunity to see these fascinating creatures up close!

The moving walkway is also great fun where you can be mesmerized as it spirals you along underneath the Oceanarium and you truly feel like you're part of an underwater adventure. You'll see hundreds of fish species, including a variety of sharks and stingrays.

We also offer 'Close Encounters' for the more adventurous with the chance to feed the Penguins a popular choice. Details are available on request but make sure you book well in advance as spaces are limited.

Other animals and marine life to see at the aquarium include kiwis, seahorses, piranhas, a sea turtle, and eels.

A detailed business case for a redefined National Aquarium will be presented to central government towards the end of 2019. This will outline the costs and the benefits. If all goes well, Napier could have a new aquarium sometime around 2025. For more details, visit Project Shapeshifter.

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National Aquarium of New Zealand

National Aquarium of New Zealand Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Admissions Fee (incl GST)
General Admissions
Child (from 3 up to 14 years)$12.50 
Children (under 3 years)No Charge 
Family (2 adults & up to 2 children)$67.00 
Senior Citizens (65 +) and Community Services Card holders$18.50 
Extra Child$8.00 
Close Encounters
Penguins/Alligators (per person) (maximum of 4)$140.00 
Friends of the Aquarium Membership
One Adult/One Child$105.00 
Family (2 adults and up to 2 children)$165.00 
Extra Child$27.00 
School Parties
Pre-school and Special Schools$4.10 
Extra Adult$12.40 
Group Discount (10 or more people)
Child (from 3 up to 14 years)$11.50 
Birthday Parties
Conditions apply, and are available on request$0.00 
Accompanying CaregiversNo Charge 
Holiday Programme
Per Person - Short Program$44.00 
Per Person - Full Program
Extended pickup time fee $12.00 
Technical Staff
Per HourPrice on Application 

Functions Fee (incl GST)
Aquarium Exhibition Hall
Note: Catering, entertainment and other equipment or services are additional charges - prices on application
Charge Per Hour (Daytime)$220.00 
Evening (Including Diver charges)
Corporate Rate$1,000.00 
Charity Rate$800.00 
East Coast LAB
Charge Per Hour (Daytime)$130.00 
1/2 Day
Corporate Rate$475.00 
Charity Rate$320.00 
Full Day
Corporate Rate$880.00 
Charity Rate$620.00 
Corporate Rate$680.00 
Charity Rate$480.00 
Education Room (Half day and Full day only on weekend days)
Charge Per Hour (Daytime)$85.00 
1/2 Day
Corporate Rate$275.00 
Charity Rate$190.00 
Full Day
Corporate Rate$540.00 
Charity Rate$375.00 
Corporate Rate$380.00 
Charity Rate$295.00 
Note: Half day period - 8:00am to 12:30pm and 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Note: Full day period - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Note: Evening period - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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