The National Aquarium of New Zealand extends across Napier’s Marine Parade like a massive stingray and comprises more than 100 gorgeous and distinct saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibitions from the country and across the globe. The 1.5 million-litre Oceanarium displays the numerous and diverse sea species living nearby in Hawke’s Bay, comprising 5 kinds of shark and countless other reef fish. You can venture through the Oceanarium within our incredible subaquatic observation tunnel through a 50m travelator as masses of local fish species swim and eat, overhead and surrounding you. In other sections of the aquarium, you can see additional local saltwater and freshwater species, as well as striking reef and deep-sea fish from around the globe. The kiwi, tuatara and penguin enclosures educate you about the country’s most exquisite species. Also on show are species from the Americas, Asia and Australia, such as alligators and piranhas. The National Aquarium is situated within 100m of the Marine Parade’s breaking surf where fresh seawater is propelled directly into the aquarium’s tanks and enclosures. This wonderful and magnificent, contemporary aquarium also features some of the most up-to-the-minute technological life support and operational systems in New Zealand, if not the world. Put aside one to two hours to get the most out of your stay or if you’re after adventure query about a dip with the sharks, or a close confrontation with the penguins, the kiwi or even the alligators. Visit the Treasure Chest gift shop, which is available onsite, and find a fantastic variety of souvenirs and gifts. Plus, be sure to test out the delicious food on offer at the Fishbowl Café. We’re open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm with final entry at 4.30pm. Daily feeding times are 10am for the reef fish and 2pm for the sharks. The little penguins are fed at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
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