Close Encounters with Piranha, Pacu & Tropical Fish
Discover how different, yet similar these two exquisite fish are. From tinned peaches to raw beef, help prepare food for the two cousins… then feed them. Just remember they love warm-blooded mammals for dinner, so watch your fingers!
Time: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 11am.
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.
A Piranha has teeth as sharp as a mouth full of surgical scalpels
Piranha live in large schools, which make them (potentially) man-eating and dangerous. In fact, legend has it that large Piranha packs have been known to devour an entire horse in minutes! In the wild there's always a pecking order with a leader of the pack when it comes to a school of Piranha.
Cousin to the Piranha, Pacu often live within schools of Piranha where they're protected, until they start to change colour, then they leave the Piranha school to form schools of their own. Whereas Piranha have pointed, razor-sharp teeth and a pronounced under-bite, Pacu have squarer, straighter teeth like humans, and a less severe under-bite.
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)|
|Close Encounters||Penguins/Piranha (per person) (maximum of 4)||$90.00|