National Aquarium of New Zealand

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National Aquarium of New Zealand which includes marine life

The tanks at this modern aquarium play host to all kinds of underwater life, from cute sea creatures to fearsome marine predators.

Admire huge sharks as well as stingrays and octopuses at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. See piranhas gliding around and interact with adorable penguins and kiwi birds.

Situated just a few feet from the Pacific Ocean, this shimmering silver aquarium is home to a huge range of marine life from the largest of the world’s oceans. As you pass through a tunnel on the moving walkway that runs beneath the vast oceanarium, look for sharks and short-tailed stingrays. Elsewhere, arrow-shaped skates zoom across the bottom of the tank as sea turtles float by, close to the surface.

Stay at the oceanarium until after lunch to observe aquarium staff feeding the hungry creatures. Once you have observed the aquarium’s largest inhabitants, go in search of some of the smallest. Spot elegant seahorses and schools of tropical fish darting between the coral.

The aquarium also houses an assortment of freshwater species. Watch alligators floating around and terrapins patrolling their tanks. Don’t miss the vicious piranhas. Staff will tell you stories about how a pack of piranhas have been known to devour a whole horses in just a few minutes.

For a truly memorable experience, book an encounter with one of the aquarium’s more docile creatures. Feed and hold little penguins and come face-to-face with kiwi birds and rare three-eyed tuataras. Arrange animal encounters online at least 24 hours before your visit.

Find the National Aquarium of New Zealand on the edge of Hawke’s Bay, a short stroll east of central Napier. The aquarium is open all week and has an admission fee. Browse the on-site gift shop to purchase souvenirs such as T-shirts and cuddly toys of your favourite animals.

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Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$154 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Located in Napier South, this beach motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum World are also within ...
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Edgewater Motor Lodge
Edgewater Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
359 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$159 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Napier South motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum ...
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The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$162 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
This aparthotel is located in Napier (Napier South), close to the beach, Marine Parade, Nelson Park and National Aquarium of New Zealand. Also nearby are Opossum ...
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Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$154 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
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Edgewater Motor Lodge
Edgewater Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
359 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$159 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
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The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$162 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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Quality Inn Napier
Quality Inn Napier
3 out of 5
311 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$158 per night from 16 Nov. to 16 Nov.
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
The price is NZ$210 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
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Shoreline Motel
Shoreline Motel
4.5 out of 5
377 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$174 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
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Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Art Deco Masonic Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2 Tennyson Street, Napier
The price is NZ$179 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
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Motel de la Mer
Motel de la Mer
4 out of 5
321 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$205 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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Pebble Beach Motor Inn
Pebble Beach Motor Inn
4.5 out of 5
445 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$249 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
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