Nowhere else in New Zealand can you experience such a large and diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife, both native species and from around the world, than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, Hawke’s Bay.

The National Aquarium of New Zealand, stretching along Napier’s Marine Parade like a huge stingray, is home to over 100 rich and diverse saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world.


In a guardianship role as Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa, The National Aquarium works in close partnership with schools, scientists and other community groups. In a wide range of programmes, projects and public events locally, nationally and internationally, we aim to increase awareness of the need to protect natural habitats and biodiversity.


From early childhood through to primary and secondary school, The National Aquarium of New Zealand offers students unique and stimulating educational experiences outside of the classroom. Students come face-to-face with aquatic animals, reptiles, penguins and kiwis in programmes created and delivered by our fully trained education team.


The National Aquarium has a long-standing reputation for robust collecting techniques, handling and initial treatment, along with superb water quality and filtration. This leads to the aquarium being able to work closely with schools, the local community, university scientists from around New Zealand, and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), who use the aquarium as a monitoring and research centre, and educational study environment.


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

Opening Hours


9am – 5pm


9am – 5pm


9am – 5pm


9am – 5pm


9am – 5pm


9am – 5pm


9am – 5pm

Our Contact Details


546 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier

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