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Native Icons Guided Tour – New Zealand

Focusing on New Zealand's native icons, including the Kiwi and Tuatara, plus behind the scenes experience, we think a Native Icons Guided Tour is the best way to truly experience the Aquarium.

Join our expert guides to learn about the weird, wacky, and wonderful stories of New Zealand's native icons including the kiwi, little penguins/korora, and tuatara.

Our guides will share insider knowledge about our animal's unique characteristics and the role they play their ecosystem.  You'll also hear stories and interesting facts about many of our other special residents.  Additionally, you'll get the chance to go through a restricted access area and see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

Come and explore the National Aquarium and learn about New Zealand's fascinating native icons. 


rsz national aquarium guided group tours april 2018 4The Quirky Native Kiwi of New Zealand

View Kiwi in a purpose-built nocturnal environment where day turns into night. Get a close-up look at a Kiwi egg, learn about their quirky habits, their favourite meal, and much more from our knowledgeable guide.

New Zealand's Living Fossil – the Tuatara

When it comes to the elusive Tuatara, our guide will reveal the mysteries of New Zealand's 'living fossil' before introducing you to our famous Little Penguins.

The World's Smallest Penguin

Meet our world-famous Little Penguins. Learn all about the 'naughty' and 'good' penguins of the month! These special rehabilitated residents are a species found locally in Hawke's Bay and are the smallest species of penguin in the world. Our guide will share some of their individual characteristics as well as the work undertaken at our rehabilitation centre.

Duration: 1 hour, 10.30am daily
Participants: Maximum 15 people per group, minimum age 10 years.
Price: Adults $60, Children $40 (includes General Admission) - Receive 20% discount for online purchases, quote SAVE20 at checkout!
Inclusions:  This tour includes general admission to the aquarium on the date of your guided tour booking to enable you to explore further.
Note:  Refunds or transfers to any online purchases is available with 24 hours notice.


We can't wait to show you our world.

Opening Hours

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


Marine Parade, Napier

+64 6 834 1404

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