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National Aquarium of New Zealand

National Aquarium of New Zealand

Address:

546 Marine Parade, Napier

Phone:

06 834 1404

The National Aquarium, situated on Napier’s foreshore, is a centre of education and entertainment for the whole family.

The Aquarium features New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life with diverse species including sharks, stingrays, grouper, piranhas, and sea turtles. Experience hundreds of fish swimming and feeding above and around you as an underwater travelator takes you beneath the oceanarium.

In addition to the stunning marine life exhibits, the National Aquarium also has some of New Zealand's most unique creatures. Almost within touching distance are kiwi foraging on the forest floor of their enclosure and tuatara, the unique New Zealand lizard considered a living dinosaur found only in islands off the New Zealand mainland.

A recent addition to the Aquarium exhibits is a bright and colourful display of corals. The collection was generously donation by Invercargill coral collector Clif Carson.

The collection contains a variety of hard and soft corals from all over the world - including some rare species - which Mr Carson acquired over a ten year period.

The coral is housed in a purpose built three metre acrylic tank with a sophisticated lighting and filtration system to maintain the coral closely to its natural habitat.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is open daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Last entry 4:30pm.

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