4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

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  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Dive under Auckland's waterfront and you'll discover spectacular secrets of the Southern Ocean and see the magic of an Antarctic fantasyland, complete with penguins strutting in fresh snow and ice! You'll get up close to the majestic King and playful Gentoo penguins, see jellyfish displays and the world's biggest species of stingray. Experience over 30 live animal exhibits and see over 80 different species in the eight new themed zones.


  • Explore the underwater world at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
  • Get up close to the majestic King and playful Gentoo penguins
  • Travel through the shark tunnel as the sharks swim over-head
  • See the largest jelly fish display in New Zealand
  • Shark Dive Xtreme, cage free dives. No experience necessary
  • Shark cage, face-to-face encounter with a shark.

What You Can Expect

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Entry Ticket

Kelly Tarlton's Antartic Encounter

At Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium there is over 30 exhibits and more than 80 different species. Featuring nine themed zones, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium boasts unique attractions including New Zealand’s first-ever live jellyfish display, the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons and the world’s biggest species of stingray.

Head for the Antarctic Encounter, the walk-through penguin encounter is home to the world’s largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display and allows visitors to get closer than ever before to the majestic King and playful Gentoo penguins.

Kelly Tarlton’s famous Shark Tunnel (The brainchild of renowned marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton), home to New Zealand’s largest collection of sharks, is now Maori Pacifica themed. You also have the opportunity to snorkel with the sharks on a Shark Cage experience, or for the true adrenaline junkie, take the ultimate cage-free experience with Shark Dive Xtreme and come face-to-face with the great predators of the deep sea.

The Rockpool Experience allows visitors to hold a crab or touch a starfish and, with an animal-themed quiz trail this truly is an interactive day out.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Love it. For first time snorkellers, do this. You get a go pro, flash card and coffee/hot chocolate included in the price. I recommend this and the extreme dive where it is cageless. I did the shark cage. It is hard to maneuver but I still had fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Unfortunately we never used it, but many locals told us how good the place is.

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