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Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium is located on the Auckland Waterfront on Okahu Bay, just a stones throw away from the famous Mission Bay beach. As one of Auckland’s finest attractions, it showcases more than 30 live animal exhibits in amazing habitat displays, including Earth’s biggest Antarctic penguin colony and awesome underwater glass viewing tunnels to see the action like never before. Get up close and personal with sharks with the all-new Shark Dive Xtreme and Shark Cage experiences. It will be an experience like no other. Feel free to get out onto the ice and see our awesome penguins close up with Penguin Discovery. SEA LIFE Aquarium also houses hundreds of species, including sharks, penguins, turtles, stingrays, seahorses, fish and much, much more. There is amusement available for all ages, young and old.

No trip to Auckland is complete without visiting Auckland’s leading family and tourist attraction, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium.



Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium is Auckland’s best school excursion location, with thousands of students coming along every year! There’s so much for students to see and learn here. They’ll be left in awe after getting up close to New Zealand’s only colony of Antarctic penguins – the majestic Kings and playful Gentoos. Come face to face with loads of aquatic animals including stingrays, sharks, octopus and more. Excursions may include a free class lesson and a self-guided tour through the world of Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium. Sleep next to the sea life and try our famous Sleepover option! Bring your class for an unforgettable night where you can see for yourselves whether fish close their eyes when they sleep, or if sharks snore! These thrilling nights run from 7:00pm to approximately 9:00am the next day and include supper and breakfast, a unique behind-the-scenes tour, fish feeding, informative demonstrations and more!

Functions at Kelly Traltons

Would you like to create a splash with your next event? Looking for a place to host a business function or private get-together? Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium can provide the perfect backdrop. We’re located on Auckland Harbour, extremely close to the city centre and top-notch hotels. We can provide a special after-hours function venue enclosed by the wonders of the Southern Ocean.

Functions and Events with a Difference!

Let your guests explore the amazing new world of Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, with 8 NEW themed zones, including the biggest penguin colony display on earth, the country’s biggest collection of sharks and a mystic display featuring the only Spiny Sea Dragons on earth. Enthral your guests in the Underwater World where they will come face-to-face with huge sharks, giant stingrays, and thousands of other deep-sea animals, along the world’s first curved aquarium tunnel. Watch them marvel as the journey through the Southern Oceans with New Zealand’s only live jellyfish display and watch in wonder at the unbelievable sea creatures that call these surroundings home. With copious free parking, our multipurpose all-weather location can deliver a perfect backdrop for any event, launch or celebration.

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  • Address

    23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
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    64 9 531 5065
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