The National Aquarium is the only place in New Zealand where you can free Swim with the Sharks (in a wetsuit not a cage). The thrill of this experience will form the memory of a lifetime as the greatest underwater predators take your breath away.
You can get up close and personal with our cute and fascinating Little Penguins. Take part in hand-feeding, look them in the eye, and intimately experience what goes on behind the scenes.
Native to New Zealand, the Tuatara is a captivating reptile that few people ever get to see up close. Tuatara are only found on New Zealand's offshore islands. The National Aquarium in Napier also has a great selection of other reptiles.
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