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Rocky Shore Explore

Book a 'Rocky Shore Explore' experience

Are you ready for a seaside adventure? Join our marine experts for a ‘Rocky Shore Explore’ session this summer. Discover the mysteries above and below the water with our mobile science lab equipped with microscopes, digital screens and all sorts of other gadgets. Then enjoy a morning or afternoon tea with our team.


Mobile Science Lab CircleCrabs to sea slugs!

Encounter diverse marine life, from crabs to sea stars. Our lab's microscopes give you a close-up view, while we test rock pools for temperature and salinity. Engage your senses with hands-on experiences, from sea slug slime to holding a crab.

Tasty treats and marine dining habits

Enjoy a picnic with delicious treats from our café including muffins and locally sourced fresh fruit for your morning or afternoon tea. You’ll also discover marine dining habits - from seaweed munchers to those with stomachs outside their bodies!

Uncover the secrets of the rocky shore

Explore sea creatures at our doorstep, unravel rocky shore food webs, and understand who eats who. Learn why these creatures are ocean tough, surviving tides and storms.

Beyond sightseeing

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This is a great summer activity for all ages offering hands-on experiences and lasting knowledge about the marine world. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.

Discounted Entry

Why not ‘Add On’ General Admission to the National Aquarium of New Zealand at the discounted price of $20 Adult and $10 Child at the time of booking your Rocky Shore Explore. You'll learn more about native species and get involved with our 'Hide & Seek' activity to go in the draw to win an amazing prize pack!

When:  27 December - 30 January (times vary based on tides)
Where:  Hardinge Road, Ahuriri
Cost:  $25 per person (gluten free options additional $5pp)
Suited to ages 5 years and above

View dates & book online

Additional information


  • All children aged 6-14yrs old must be accompanied by an adult (18yrs or older) on the tour.
  • Please be sun safe and wear a sun hat and sun block, the sun can be intense at the Rocky Shore.
  • Bring spare clothing, just in case you get wet.
  • All participants must have closed toe footwear and non-slip soles.
  • Please wear weather appropriate clothing as the experience is outdoors.
  • Please note that you are required to climb rocks, walk on uneven ground and sit on the ground for this experience.

This experience is weather dependent and may be cancelled if raining or too windy. Notification will be sent via the phone/email made at booking.
If you purchased any ‘Add On Admission’ tickets to the National Aquarium of New Zealand, you have 8 weeks from the date of purchase to redeem these.
Due to limited numbers, we are unable to provide a refund in this instance.

Book online

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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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