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Animals & Exhibits

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is
home to over 100 species of aquatic and land
animals from New Zealand and all around the world.

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The Oceanarium

The Oceanarium

Journey under the sea and immerse yourself in the Aquarium’s largest exhibit. Experience the wonders of the ocean as you witness the grace and beauty of sharks and stingrays gliding through the water.

Feeding Times
Reef Fish – 10.00am
Sharks – 2.00pm

Penguin Cove

Penguin Cove

Come and meet our spirited little penguins at Penguin Cove! Watch them waddle across the beach then dart through the water as they go about their penguin business. See if you can pick who's been naughty and who's been good! Visit at 9.30am, 1.30pm or 3.30pm for feeding time and listen to the keeper’s talk to learn more about these amazing birds.

Feeding Times
9.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm

Native NZ Icons

Native NZ Icons

View our taonga (treasures) – species that are unique to New Zealand. See our national icon the Kiwi close up and watch the slippery Tuna Kuwharuwharu (long-finned eel) slide thorough the water. And don't forget to visit our 'living fossils' to try and spot a shy Tuatara hiding in the foliage!

Coral Reef

Coral Reef

Take a seat, sit back, relax and discover the vibrant colors and natural splendor of our coral reef as it comes alive with beautiful reef fish and amazing corals.

Rocky Shore

Rocky Shore

The rocky shore is a border between two worlds, a harsh place where the water advances and retreats with the rhythm of the tides. See if you can spot a reclusive crayfish hiding in the rocks or watch a magical seahorse float through the water.

Flooded Forest

Flooded Forest

Explore our amazing freshwater fish from around the world. See how many colours you can spot in our Cichlid tank, have a staring competition with one of the large South American Pacu, or learn how high the amazing Asian Arowana can jump!

Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptiles & Amphibians

Meet our slimy, scaly, spectacular superstars! Watch on as the super agile Water Dragons climb to great heights, see Japanese Fire-Bellied Newts wiggle around in their tank, and find the sneaky Southern Bell Frogs that like to blend in!

East Coast Lab

East Coast Lab

Visit this amazing exhibit to discover more about earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions. Find out where the most recent earthquakes have occurred, learn about scientists’ latest discoveries, and even become a scientist yourself.

Pania Reef Tank

Pania Reef Tank

A replica of the reef 500m north of Napier Port, the Pania Reef Tank is the largest exhibit in the Aquarium at 24m long, 30m wide and 3m deep. Take time to stop, relax and watch this exhibit come alive, you may even spot a crayfish hiding in the rocks!

Diver Feeding Time – 10am

Please Note At times some of our animals may not be visible for reasons such as habitat maintenance, veterinary checks or care, or they're simply taking refuge in their enclosure. We try to let our customers know in advance of any planned work when possible, or at the front desk on arrival.

We can't wait to show you our world.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm
(including public holidays)
last entry 4:30pm

Address

Marine Parade, Napier

+64 6 834 1404

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