Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, located on this South Pacific country’s East Coast.
Almost within touching distance are kiwi foraging on the forest floor of their enclosure and tuatara, the unique New Zealand lizard considered a living dinosaur found only in islands off the New Zealand mainland. Specially mounted cameras track these fascinating creatures into their burrows if they retreat from public view.
The National Aquarium, uniquely situated on Napier’s foreshore, stretches like a huge stingray on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is designed to be a centre of education, entertainment and cultural experience.
The proximity to the ocean allows fresh seawater to be pumped directly to tanks and enclosures. Apart from its diverse exhibits, this magnificent, modern attraction incorporates some of the latest technological life support and operational systems.
An underwater travelator takes you beneath the massive oceanarium as hundreds of fish swim and feed above and around you.
Allow one hour for a quick glimpse or longer if you are in the mood for adventure, before finishing at the marine-themed gift shop or with refreshments at the Fish Bowl Café.
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