Close Encounters with Kiwi & Tuatara
Get up close with New Zealand's national icon and discover what makes it click. Imagine the power of their defensive kick. A must-do for all New Zealanders and tourists alike, a very special experience.
Time: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am (this experience is seasonal and only runs from November - March)
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes.
Participants: Maximum of 2 people. Minimum age 6 years. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Bookings: Bookings are essential and subject to availability/confirmation.
Go Behind the Scenes with the Kiwi
Did you know that when Kiwi couples meet and mate they usually stay together for the rest of their lives? Also, a mature Kiwi egg is around 20% of the female’s weight (approx 450g and six times the size of a chicken egg). The egg is carried for two to three weeks before being laid, and during the last few days the female will wade in a steam or creek to relieve the weight of the egg. Then, when it comes to hatching, as Kiwi chicks don't have an egg tooth like some other birds, they have to kick themselves out of their shell to enter the world.
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.
The 225 million year old Tuatara with three eyes
As the most ancient living reptile in the world, Tuatara have been around for some 225 million years. Statue-like on first impressions, it's true Tuatara love to relax ... a lot. But they're also incredibly active and aggressive predators, as well as being great climbers. The National Aquarium has several Tuatara residents and yes, all have three eyes.
A Close Encounter with the Tuatara is your chance to witness a harking back to the time of the dinosaurs. You'll also get to play chef to these scaly creatures as you prepare a delectable assortment of bugs and greens for their tongues to lap up, all the while learning some amazing reptilian facts.
National Aquarium of New Zealand Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).
|Admissions||Fee (incl GST)|
|Penguins/Alligators/Piranha (per person) (maximum of 4)||$90.00|