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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's General Admission

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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.
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 DiveExperience 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-tremeFor 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.
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
At SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium there is over 30 exhibits and more than 80 different species. Featuring 13 themed zones, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium boasts unique attractions including world’s largest Sub-Antarctic penguin colony display, world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons and the world’s biggest species of stingray. The Antarctic Encounter is a walk-through penguin encounter which 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), is home to New Zealand’s largest collection of sharks with Maori Pacifica themed. The Rockpool Experience allows visitors to touch a starfish and, with Amazing Creation and Turtle Rescue interactive zones this truly is a great day out.
Duration: 1 hour 
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Very nice aquarium and a great way...
Tami W
, Mar 2018
Very nice aquarium and a great way to see the native sea life in Auckland. We have teens who enjoyed but I think smaller children would really love the activities here. We arrived a day late due to flight issues but the staff were SO kind accommodating that they still honored our tickets.
The best aquarium in New Zealand and...
Sean G
, Dec 2017
The best aquarium in New Zealand and I have visited on 2 occasions. Certainly worth visiting.
This was really cool! They give you...
Sarah S
, May 2017
This was really cool! They give you a GoPro to take in the shark cage with you, so you get to film your own adventure. The staff was super friendly, too. When I showed up for my appointment, I was informed that no one had contacted them and let them know that I was scheduled for that day, but they were really helpful and offered to have me come back the next day, which worked great for me. I wasn't happy with Viator for that part, but the staff made up for it with their great customer service! If you book this, make sure that you re-confirm directly with the aquarium so that you'll for sure get the dive that you scheduled.
Our party of 3 adults visited the...
, Mar 2017
Our party of 3 adults visited the Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium and enjoyed it very much. There are many exhibits and displays that will entertain kids of all ages.The penquins were especially interesting and it was feeding time which was great. The shuttle from downtown was very helpful and ran on schedule as advertised. The experience was well worth the time and money.
Great place.Antarctic exhibits are...
karilyn k
, Jan 2017
Great place.Antarctic exhibits are fantastic and penquins are a joy!!
We really enjoyed this activity...
Nikki T
, Oct 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.
I missed it due to jet lag but many...
, Jul 2016
I missed it due to jet lag but many people I spoke to said it was great. I can also recommend the aquarium on Pier 39 in San Francisco, amazing 2 tunnels of wildlife.
Very interesting aquarium. They...
Deborah Lynn E
, Mar 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.
I would recommend this tour to...
, Apr 2015
I would recommend this tour to anyone who goes to Auckland. Everything went well with our coupons and it was nice to see the penguins and the sharks ! Spent the whole day here and the driver of the shark bus was fantastic ! Worth the trip here ! Lots to see !
Love it. For first time snorkellers...
, Apr 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.

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