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.
And the winner is....
It’s official – this year’s cutest, very best penguin is… Draco.
18 October 2019
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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