National Aquarium of New Zealand
If you're visiting the region, make sure that a visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand is definitely on your to do list while in Hawke's Bay.
With so much to see and do you'll need to allow two hours to take in the displays and activities on offer at the aquarium.
Visit around 10am or 2pm and you will see the exciting diving displays where the feeding demonstrations never fail to delight! Alternatively Penguin feedings at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm can be an ideal opportunity to see these fascinating creatures up close!
The moving walkway is also great fun where you can be mesmerized as it spirals you along underneath the Oceanarium and you truly feel like you're part of an underwater adventure. You'll see hundreds of fish species, including a variety of sharks and stingrays.
While you're under the Oceanarium you might even catch sight of people dressed in wetsuits swimming or diving with the sharks. This is an optional activity and loads of fun!
We also offer 'Close Encounters' for the more adventurous with the chance to feed the Penguins a popular choice. Details are available on request but make sure you book well in advance as spaces are limited.
Other animals and marine life to see at the aquarium include kiwis, seahorses, piranhas, a sea turtle, and eels.
Fees and Charges
National Aquarium of New Zealand Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).
|Admissions||Fee (incl GST)|
|Child (from 3 up to 14 years)||$10.00|
|Children (under 3 years)||No Charge|
|Family (2 adults & up to 2 children)||$54.00|
|Senior Citizens (65 +) and Community Services Card holders||$15.00|
|Penguins/Alligators/Piranha (per person) (maximum of 4)||$65.00|
|Swim with the Sharks|
|Swim includes snorkel, wetsuit and fins||$95.00|
|Dive in the Main Tank|
|Friends of the Aquarium Membership|
|One Adult/One Child||$80.00|
|Family (2 adults and up to 2 children)||$128.00|
|Pre-school and Special Schools||$4.00|
|Group Discount (10 or more people)|
|Child (from 3 up to 14 years)||$9.00|
|Conditions apply, and are available on request||Price on Application|
|Accompanying Caregivers||No Charge|
|Boat Hire with Registered Skipper|
|Functions||Fee (incl GST)|
|Aquarium Exhibition Hall|
|Note: (available 7.00am to 9.00am and 5.00pm to 9.00pm, charge per hour)
Note: Catering, entertainment and other equipment or services are additional charges - prices on application
|Charge Per Hour||$130.00|
|Guided tours with function - per head||$15.00|