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National Aquarium of New Zealand

National Aquarium at night.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.

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National Aquarium of New Zealand Images

Family on travelator at the National Aquarium.  People watching diver at the National Aquarium.  Performers at the National Aquarium.  Sun setting over the National Aquarium.  National Aquarium at night.  Photo of the back end of the National Aquarium.  Entrance of the National Aquarium Marine Parade.  National Aquarium Digital Tours

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)
General Admissions 
Adults $20.00 
Child (from 3 up to 14 years) $10.00 
Children (under 3 years) No Charge 
Student $18.00 
Family (2 adults & up to 2 children) $54.00 
Senior Citizens (65 +) and Community Services Card holders $15.00 
Extra Child $6.00 
Close Encounters 
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 
Dive $95.00 
Tank $12.00 
Student Divers $45.00 
Dive Gear $45.00 
Friends of the Aquarium Membership 
Adult $55.00 
One Adult/One Child $80.00 
Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) $128.00 
Extra Child $20.00 
School Parties 
Pre-school and Special Schools $4.00 
Primary $4.50 
Secondary $6.50 
Tertiary $9.00 
Extra Adult $10.00 
Group Discount (10 or more people) 
Adult $18.00 
Child (from 3 up to 14 years) $9.00 
Birthday Parties 
Conditions apply, and are available on request Price on Application 
Accompanying Caregivers No Charge 
IHC $10.00 
Per Person $51.00 
Holiday Programme 
Per Person $29.00 
Technical Staff 
Per Hour $75.00 
Boat Hire with Registered Skipper 
Per Hour $150.00 

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 

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