skip to main content skip to main menu

Plan your visit

Today's Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm
Last entry at 4.30pm

Prices & Tickets

find us...

Marine Parade, Napier
Ph: 06 834 1404
Opening Hours
Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm,
last entry 4:30pm

What's New at the National Aquarium

There's always something happening at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Tune in to the latest news and events by bookmarking and regularly visiting this page, and don't forget to like our Facebook page for real-time updates.

Give 24 gifts to nature this Christmas

Give some gifts to nature this Christmas by completing the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s reimagined Christmas advent calendar!

25 November 2019

read more »

2019 11 22 24 Gifts 4 Nature Penguin Planet Protector

And the winner is....

It’s official – this year’s cutest, very best penguin is… Draco.

18 October 2019

read more »


Did your flippered favourite make the cut?

This year Draco, Elmo and Mo will be battling it out for the prestigious title of Penguin of the Year 2019.

14 October 2019

read more »


'Fanimals' visit Penguin Cove!

Our Supervisor of Birds, Becs Cuthbert was featured on the TV show 'Fanimals' in their segment "Working with Animals".

22 May 2019

read more »


Out of the classroom and into the environment

Imagine living in an environment where temperatures soar between extremes, you’re under water one minute and in air the next, exposed to predators on both sides! Then throw in some manmade marine pollution to complicate matters further. Now you are beginning to picture what life is like on a rocky shore…

27 February 2019

read more »

Boy Rocky shore

Give something back to nature

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is preparing for Seaweek 2019, hosting two presentations and partnering with Taradale Library, PangeaSeed and Birds New Zealand for a series of walks and talks.

14 February 2019

read more »

Seaweek promo Jan 2019 1

It’s time to meet “Dave”

What better day to introduce the newest member of the Little Penguin family at the National Aquarium of New Zealand than on international Penguin Awareness Day?

20 January 2019

read more »

National Aquarium Dr Adrian Fowler with Penguins Nov 2018 19

Wild about wildlife

Adrian Fowler, a wildlife veterinarian, has travelled to and lived in plenty of interesting places, and has the stories to match.

30 November 2018

read more »

Dr Adrian Fowler and Timmy

And the winner is...

Timmy has out-flippered Mo to become the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s first ever Penguin of the Year.

31 October 2018

read more »


Naughty Penguins to the Fore as Finalists Announced!

Preliminary voting for the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s inaugural Penguin of the Year closed at midnight last night with two finalists emerging head and flipper above their competitors in a fiercely-competitive 12-strong field.

12 October 2018

read more »

Fossils tour digs up the past

What does the first animal to have eyes have in common with the largest land carnivore ever to live? They're both featured in the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s Fossil Tour. Visiting Hawke's Bay primary schools during October and November

6 October 2018

read more »

Pic 2 Fossils tour Jake Brookie

Penguin of the Year - who will it be?

Now is your chance to vote for your flippered favourite in the first ever National Aquarium of New Zealand Penguin of the Year Awards.

1 October 2018

read more »

Penguin Portraits Sept 2018 Second Sitting 12

Children Growing Awareness of Biodiversity: One Speech at a Time

The Hillmac Electrical Speech Contests’ new topic for 2018 has got Bay students talking!
‘Biodiversity in your backyard’ is the topic for both Junior and Intermediate contests, and has encouraged 16 Hawke’s Bay schools to take part, with other schools still to confirm.

13 August 2018

read more »

Moa bones on display

A new exhibit has opened at the National Aquarium of New Zealand- and it has been over five centuries in the making.

26 September 2017

read more »

Moa bones display

Bold Vision for "unforgettable" National Aquarium

Napier City Council has shared further details of its plan to expand the National Aquarium of New Zealand, announcing the support of high profile partners such as Weta Workshop and Air New Zealand

24 August 2017

read more »

102 340 x 191

New LAB opening

East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) is a new exhibition about the Hikurangi plate boundary and associated natural hazards like earthquakes and tsunami.

21 September 2016

read more »

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the National Aquarium of New Zealand - Napier City Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, National Aquarium of New Zealand - Napier City Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. National Aquarium of New Zealand - Napier City Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the Napier City Council information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© National Aquarium of New Zealand - Napier City Council - / +64 6 834 1404

National Aquarium of New Zealand is one of Napier City Council's great facilities/services. There are many more...

Bay Skate

Located on Marine Parade, Napier, is the Bay Skate Park - home to skateboarding, BMX, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering.
View website for Bay Skate

Napier Aquatic Centre

Situated in the centre of Napier, in the middle of Onekawa Park, the Napier Aquatic Centre is a safe and affordable aquatic facility for everyone.
View website for Napier Aquatic Centre

MTG Hawke's Bay

Comprising a Museum, Theatre and Gallery - MTG is home to a significant collection of objects that form the foundation of distinctive exhibitions, a world-class research facility and the MTG Theatre.
View website for MTG Hawke's Bay

Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre

Visit the Napier i-SITE to find out more about what is happening in Hawkes Bay, from events, activities and accommodation.
View website for Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre

National Aquarium of New Zealand

Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
View website for National Aquarium of New Zealand

Napier City Council

For Napier City residents and citizens to have easy access to see what council are currently working on, completed, what they do, facilities, and council information.
View website for Napier City Council

Napier Conference Centre

We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
View website for Napier Conference Centre

Par2 MiniGolf

Come to Par2 MiniGolf and meet Seamore the Seagull at our sea-side minigolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round.
View website for Par2 MiniGolf

Parklands Residential Estate

Located in the Art Deco city of Napier. We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment.
View website for Parklands Residential Estate

Napier Libraries

Strive to Inspire, Educate and Entertain by providing access to information through various resources within our Libraries. We aim to provide more than you expect.
View website for Napier Libraries

Kennedy Park Resort Napier

We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
View website for Kennedy Park Resort Napier

The Faraday Centre

The Faraday Centre in Napier, is Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology. It's a place of discovery where history comes alive through hands on experience.
View website for The Faraday Centre

Napier Municipal Theatre

Unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
View website for Napier Municipal Theatre

Enquiry or Feedback

If you have any questions, problems or feedback for National Aquarium of New Zealand please let us know about it.

Fill out my online form.

Follow National Aquarium of New Zealand on facebook...

Our latest posts...

» View our facebook page