The National Aquarium of New Zealand

The National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier opened early in 2002. It is as close to the ocean as you can be to the waters edge without getting your feet wet. See sharks, stingray, hundreds of fish species & more!

The magnificent architectural design imitates the form of a stingray, while the glistening Pacific Ocean constantly laps the shoreline. The aquarium, with its unique position on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, has a wider range of species than any other similar facility in New Zealand.

The National Aquarium has a reef tank, a travelator which spirals its way beneath the enormous Oceanarium, creating the impression of a true underwater experience, and a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment. There are sharks, stingray and hundreds of fish species, many of them representative of the catches from along the East Coast. There are  eels, trout, sea horse, turtles, octopus, tropical marine fish, kiwi, tuatara, water dragons, native frogs and crocodile  also on display.

Ever wondered what it would be like to get up close and feed the penguins? Now you can with a Close Encounter at the National Aquarium!

Penguin Close Encounter
Get ‘hands on’ with the cute and fascinating Little Penguins. Help prepare their food and get to know your newest friends! Find out how close a Little Penguin lives to you!  Contact us now for details and conditions.

Bookings with a 24hr lead time are essential to avoid disappointment!

Time: Available daily at 1pm
Duration: Approx 45 minutes
Participants: Maximum of 4 persons (same booking).  Anyone under 12 yrs old must be accompanied by a paying adult with a minimum participation age of 6yrs old.
Cost: $65 per person

The aquarium hosts school groups, tour groups, birthday parties, sleepovers, and has function facilities.

Souvenir Shop
There is a themed souvenir shop, public car parking nearby, disabled parking and access, unique function facilities and the aquarium is within easy walking distance from the centre of the city.



Child (Between 3 and 14 years) - $10.00
Adult - $20.00
Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 children) - $54.00
Extra Child - $6.00
Student (with ID) - $18.00
Children under 3 years - Free

Close Encounters

Penguin Close Encounter - $65 per person (bookings essential)

Opening Times

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is open 7 days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

Call Us

P +64 (0)6 834 1404


546 Marine Parade


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