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National Aquarium of New ZealandTe Whare Tangaroa o Aotearoa

Hundreds of fish species, 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 of New Zealand

Discover an exciting world above and below the water at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Visit Penguin Cove and watch the world famous Little Penguins feed and play. See stingrays, kingfish, hapuku, snapper, kahawai and other majestic native species swimming over you in the 1.5 million litre oceanarium tunnel. Explore further to spot New Zealand’s native wildlife – the tuatara and kiwi.

Close Encounters are a great way to experience what goes on behind the scenes. Book a little penguin close encounter to discover the day-to-day care of these character-filled birds. You’ll learn about the rehabilitation centre and then step into their habitat to feed them. Terrapin Encounters can also be booked for a unique experience for the whole family.

Daily feeding times are 10.00am for the reef fish, 2pm oceanarium diver hand feeding, and the little penguins at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

For the best way to experience the aquarium we recommend booking a guided tour which run daily at 10.30am.

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National Aquarium of New Zealand

National Aquarium of New Zealand Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

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

Admissions Fee (incl GST)
General Admissions
Adults - Hawke's Bay locals$25.50 
Child (from 3 up to 14 years)$14.00 
Child (from 3 up to 14 years) - Hawke's Bay locals$12.50 
Children (under 3 years)No Charge 
Student - Hawke's Bay locals$23.50 
Family (2 adults & up to 2 children)$75.00 
Family (2 adults & up to 2 children) - Hawke's Bay locals$70.00 
Senior Citizens (65 +) and Community Services Card holders$20.00 
Senior Citizens (65 +) and Community Services Card holders - Hawke's Bay locals$19.00 
Extra Child$9.00 
Extra Child - Hawke's Bay locals$8.00 
Close Encounters
Little Penguin Close Encounter/Alligators (per person) (maximum of 4)$145.00 
Terrapin Close Encounter - Adult$60.00 
Terrapin Close Encounter - Child$40.00 
Tails & scales guided feeding tour - Adult$60.00 
Tails & scales guided feeding tour - Child$40.00 
Native icons guided tour - Adult$60.00 
Native icons guided tour - Child$40.00 
Friends of the Aquarium Membership
Adult - Hawke's Bay locals$72.50 
One Adult/One Child$110.00 
One Adult/One Child - Hawke's Bay locals$105.00 
Family (2 adults and up to 2 children)$175.00 
Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) - Hawke's Bay Locals$170.00 
Family (2 adults and 3 children)$205.00 
Family (2 adults and 3 children) - Hawke's Bay locals$200.00 
Family (2 adults and 4 children)$235.00 
Family (2 adults and 4 children) - Hawke's Bay locals$230.00 
Family (2 adults and 5 children)$265.00 
Family (2 adults and 5 children) - Hawke's Bay locals$260.00 
School Parties
Pre-school and Special Schools$4.50 
Extra Adult$13.00 
Group Discount (10 or more people)
Child (from 3 up to 14 years)$12.00 
Birthday Parties
Conditions apply, and are available on requestPrice on Application 
Accompanying CaregiversNo Charge 
Holiday Programme
Per Person - Full Program$60.00 
Extended pickup time fee $10.00 
Technical Staff
Per HourPrice on Application 

Functions Fee (incl GST)
Aquarium Exhibition Hall
Note: Catering, entertainment, staffing and other equipment or services are additional charges - prices on application
Charge Per Hour (Daytime 7.00-9.00am only)$250.00 
Evening (5.00pm-12.00am)
Corporate Rate$1,100.00 
Charity Rate$850.00 
East Coast LAB
Charge Per Hour$140.00 
1/2 Day (9.00-1.00pm or 1.00-5.00pm)
Corporate Rate$500.00 
Charity Rate$350.00 
Full Day (9.00am-5.00pm)
Corporate Rate$950.00 
Charity Rate$650.00 
Evening (5.00pm-12.00am)
Corporate Rate$750.00 
Charity Rate$525.00 
Education Room (Half day and Full day only on weekend days)
Charge Per Hour$95.00 
1/2 Day (9.00-1.00pm or 1.00-5.00pm)
Corporate Rate$295.00 
Charity Rate$200.00 
Full Day (9.00-5.00pm)
Corporate Rate$575.00 
Charity Rate$405.00 
Evening (5.00pm-12.00am)
Corporate Rate$400.00 
Charity Rate$320.00 
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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