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Gain admission to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium at the Auckland waterfront. Discover the underwater magic of the Southern Ocean at more than 30 exhibits and nine themed zones. You can get up close to playful king and gentoo penguins at the Antarctic Encounter, see displays of jellyfish and stingrays, and stroll through the shark tunnel. Upgrade to go shark diving — with or without a cage!


  • 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

Head to Auckland’s waterfront with your admission ticket to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, an underwater world inspired by the renowned marine archaeologist and diver.

With more than 30 exhibits in nine themed zones, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium showcases 80 marine species including a live jellyfish, spiny sea dragons and the world’s largest species of stingray. Little ones can hold a crab or touch a starfish at the hands-on Rockpool Experience.

Experience the icy landscapes of the Southern Ocean at the Antarctic Encounter, home to the world’s largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display. The walk-through exhibit allows visitors to come close to king and long-tailed gentoo penguins.

Watch sharks swim overhead in the translucent Shark Tunnel and, if you dare, upgrade for a shark diving experience.

Shark Cage Dive
Experience a thrilling shark encounter in a specialized pool. After a safety briefing, snorkel with the sharks as you’re secured in a shark cage. 

Shark Dive X-treme
For the true adrenaline junkie, take the ultimate cage-free dive to the extreme and come face-to-face with the great predators of the deep sea. No experience is necessary.

Customer Reviews

karilyn k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great place.Antarctic exhibits are fantastic and penquins are a joy!!

Nikki T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We really enjoyed this activity, especially the Antarctic Encounter with the penguins inside their icy enclosure.
The snow cat ride is no longer available.

Deborah Lynn E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very interesting aquarium. They provide a free shuttle from the Auckland waterfront to their site. You can't miss the shuttle it has a giant shark head on the front.


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.

Lorna P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We had a great time adults and children, would recommend it to everyone.

Desmond B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

Love those penguins, they are just so impressive. Didn't see any from happy feet but they did look good. The aquarium has a lot in it, very impressed. Go there early in the day, very popular can get crowded


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

definitely worth a visit, even if you older, our group was over 50s and we really enjoyed the tour. some interesting artifacts and stories to be told.

Naresh C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010


Kelly G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2008

I really enjoyed our visit to the Antarctic Encounter. All of the animal life was fantastic! In particular the penguin habitat was really impressive, you can view very closely the penguins and their newborn chicks, and riding in the snowcat was a lot of fun. The historical photographs and films of early Antarctic expeditions were also very interesting. It was worth checking out as part of our trip to New Zealand.

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