Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

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23 Tamaki Drive
42-021 Orakei
1005 Auckland, New Zealand


+64 9 528 0603

NileGuide Expert tip:

If you are planning afternoon visit, check the feeding times at the entrance. It's an amazing experience to see the stingray feed and it is something else to watch a Penguin eat.


Kelly Tarlton's is an aquarium that opened in 1986 on the site of old sewage storage tanks. It's curved tunnels (there are more than 110 meters of them) provide a very unique viewing experience (think underwater experience while you are underground). It also has an escalator system to move visitors through the park that was believed to be a world first. Besides the aquarium, there is a replica of Captain Scott's Antarctica Hut as well as a colony of sub-Antarctic Penguins. For an extra fee, you can get in the water with the Stingrays and Sharks in a special area with guides. This is like jumping into an aquarium of your own.


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