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Dinosaur Footprints - A Story of DiscoveryDinosaur Footprints - A Story of Discovery

Friday 24 October 2014 to Sunday 11 January 2015

This fascinating exhibition tells the story of the first ever dinosaur footprints to be discovered in New Zealand.
Previously a number of dinosaur bones had been found in the North Island, but these footprints, discovered in northwest Nelson, are the first indication that dinosaurs also roamed the South Island.
GNS Scientist Greg Brown discovered them in northwest Nelson in 2009, and now the footprints and this amazing story will be on show at The National Aquarium of New Zealand from Friday 24 October 2014 to Sunday 11 January 2015.
Visitors will also get to see replica dinosaur bones from earlier discoveries in New Zealand.
Entry to this exhibition is included with admission to the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

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Brought to you by GNS Science and New Zealand Oil and Gas.
Image credits:
Greg Browne of GNS Science who found the footprints. Courtesy of GNS Science.
A young volunteer. Courtesy of GNS Science.


New Seahorse Exhibit OpensNew Seahorse Exhibit Opens
- Saturday, 12 July 2014

Our seahorses now have a flash new home and because it's
much bigger than their last, there's many more to see.
The Exhibit is next door to the Rocky Shore display on the
ground floor.

Seaweek Poetry Competition 2014 Winners

Seaweek Poetry Competition Winners Announced

Winners English 2014

Section Placing Winners Name
Primary Highly Commended Chloe Ryder
Primary Third Mikayla Day
Primary Second Sophie Tiedemann
Primary First Caitlin Wood
Intermediate Highly Commended Aria Baker
Intermediate Third Harata Coleman
Intermediate Second Jess Moffett
Intermediate First Zarah Otto
Secondary Highly Commended Michelle Maurenbrecher
Aimee Pitcher
Secondary Third Ocean Ratima
Secondary Second Annabelle Cranswick
Secondary First Isabella Smith
Adult Third Greg Semmens
Adult Second Jacqueline Sanders-Jones
Adult First Moana Whenaroa

Winners Te Reo 2014

Section Placing Winners Name
Primary Third Tapuwai Pewhairangi
Primary Second Wairanga Baker
Primary First Poutokomanawa Baker
Intermediate Third Aria Baker
Intermediate Second Karly Waimirirangi Raihania-Turipa
Intermediate First Harata Coleman
Secondary Third Lily Beth Houia
Secondary Second Maui Baker
Secondary First Ariana Goldsmith
Seaweek Poetry Competition Winners Seaweek Poetry Competition Winners Seaweek Poetry Competition Winners

2014 School Holiday Programme

Check out the 2014 Holiday Programme at National Aquarium.  Click here to view.

Stuck for Gift ideas?
Give a gift that lasts for a whole year ...

National Aquarium Gift IdeasThe National Aquarium's Friend of The Aquarium annual membership programme provides many benefits including the opportunity to visit as many times as you like in that year. You only have to visit twice to make it worthwhile.

As a 'Friend of the Aquarium' you will:

  • Receive regular newsletters and invitations to special events during the year.
  • Members' friends will receive a 10% discount on general admission when accompanied by a member.
  • Receive a 10% discount in the souvenir shop (excludes sale items).

A friend of the Aquarium membership is a fabulous gift that will last for a whole year. There's so many things to see at National Aquarium that there's always something new to experience. There's also the Fish Bowl cafe onsite to relax and have a coffee or a snack.

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People's Choice Winner - Thanks for your votes!

People's Choice Winner - Thanks for your votes!

We're delighted and proud to have been crowned inaugural winner of the Classic Hits People's Choice Award at the 2013 Hawke's Bay Tourism Awards. Over 800 visitors and locals cast votes for their favourite tourism business and out of the 69 eligible operators and attraction , the National Aquarium came out on top.

It's a special honour for all of us at the National Aquarium, as what the public and our wonderful visitors think of what we do and how we do it is incredibly important, and it's terrific to hear you're supporting us and our activities. Thank you all so much for your votes and for making our jobs even better by giving us support and positive feedback!

Supreme Winner and Accommodation Winner was Black Barn Retreats, and the Visitor Activity Winner was the Art Deco Trust. Congratulations to the teams from those great businesses!

You can read all about the Hawke's Bay Tourism Awards and the winners here.

Come visit Penguin Cove!

For the best times to view the penguins come during a Keeper Talk or Feeding time - 9.30am, 1.30pm or 3.30pm.

The newest residents of the Aquarium recently made the journey from nearby Marineland to their new home and have settled into their new life-like surroundings very quickly.

Penguin Cove has been carefully designed to replicate the penguins' natural beach habitat to ensure they feel right at home in their new abode.

Walk into the new exhibit and see a sandy beach, made up of 28 tonnes of golden sand donated by Winstone Aggregates. Driftwood, rocks and a swimming pool with underwater viewing complete the exhibit - everything that allows the 10 penguins to go about their normal routine of fishing and feeding during the day, then returning to the beach for play and sleep at night.

All this is waiting for you, your friends and family to enjoy and experience at the National Aquarium of New Zealand this summer. See you soon!

Penguin Close Encounter

Get 'hands on' with the cute and fascinating Little Penguins. Help prepare their food, and get to know one of your newest friends! Find out how close a Little Penguin lives to you!

Time: Available daily at 1pm
Duration: Approx 45 minutes
Participants: Maximum of 4
Cost: $65 per person