National Aquarium Napier Hawkes Bay Attraction
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Marine Parade, Napier
Phone: 06 834 1404
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Education Program, Educational Activities

National Aquarium Education ProgrammeThe National Aquarium of New Zealand offers students a unique and stimulating educational experience outside of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to come face to face with aquatic animals, reptiles and Kiwis.
Educational programmes are created and presented by an enthusiastic and fully trained teaching team. In all programmes students will be involved in interactive, hands on and enquiry-based activities. The two hour programmes have been developed in line with the New Zealand Curriculum Framework and cater for all education levels. The programmes focus primarily on the Living World Strand of the Science Curriculum but make links to literacy, other essential learning areas and develop the essential skills.
The National Aquarium holds an LEOTC contract with the Ministry of Education for primary and secondary education programmes.  Schools particpating in these programmes benefit with special education prices and as a result certain conditions must be met.

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Visit Structure -
Primary, Secondary and Tertiary: 

  • Allow two hours:
    9:30am - 11:30am; 10.:00am - 12:00pm; 2:00 - 4:00pm
    12:30pm - 2:30pm: 1:00pm - 3:00pm; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Session times are flexible to suit your timetable
  • Feeding times are a highlight! Try to structure your visit around them.
    10:00am and 2:.00pm every day
  • Groups of up to 70 can be taken for each two hour session. Classes are divided into
    smaller groups with rotations for various activities
  • 1/2 hour rotations of lesson, tour and games, and puzzles or worksheet activitity
  • Consider factoring in some extra time for self guided activities and reflection at your own pace

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Facilities Available: 
  • Laboratory for upper primary/secondary
  • Reference library
  • Lunch area for wet days insider Education room
  • "Behind the Scenes" technological areas
  • Colenso Shell collection
  • Dinosaur Discovery area
More about our Education / Activity progammes: