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Fin-tastic Egg Hunt and Mermazing Mermaid at the Aquarium this Easter

Published: 19 March 2021

Last Updated: 26 March 2021

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Mermaid Ria

Easter is going to be egg-ceptional at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. A special hunt for shark eggs and a mermaid on a mission will keep both kids and adults occupied this holiday weekend.

Images of shark eggs (also known as “Mermaid Purses”) will be hidden around the Aquarium waiting to be found. Learn all about the different sizes, shapes and colours of shark eggs by completing the fin-tastic egg hunt!  Solve the shark egg puzzle and you’ll be in to win one of two jaw-some shark prize packs.

Not only that, Hawke’s Bay’s very own mermaid, Ria, will be swimming in the Aquarium’s Pania Reef tank over Easter to raise awareness about care and conservation of the ocean.

Visitors will be able to take part in a special question and answer session with Mermaid Ria, and those lucky enough to have secured VIP tickets will get a chance to have a personal meet and greet and photo with her as well. 

Mermaid Ria is a mermaid on a mission. “Through the magic of mermaiding, I raise awareness of oceanic issues, igniting the imagination of children and adults alike. My mission is to continue to be an advocate for our planet and encourage people to make a difference, no matter how small,” says Ria.

A lover of the ocean from a young age, Mermaid Ria is making it her life's work to be an advocate for the sea. Training to be a scuba instructor, freediving instructor and professional mermaid, she wants to teach people about the underwater world, believing the ocean has much to teach us and deserves our protection.

“Seeing a real life mermaid is a great way for children to connect with the ocean and to discover the important message of ocean conservation,” says National Aquarium of New Zealand Education Manager, Amy Stevens.

The Fin-tastic Egg Hunt runs Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April as part of General Admission to the National Aquarium. Mermaid Ria will appear every day from Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April at 10.30am and 12.30pm. Visit to secure VIP tickets to see Mermaid Ria.

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