Exploring Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland


AquariumIf you’re looking for an action-packed family day out on your personalised New Zealand holiday, look no further than Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium. One of Auckland’s most popular attractions, this vast aquarium offers all kinds of fun-filled underwater adventures.

Exploring Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium

There’s a huge array of attractions and experiences on offer at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, and it’s well worth taking a look at the schedule and grabbing a map when you go in to make the most of your time and ensure you don’t miss any of the best bits. As you make your way around the sprawling aquarium, you’ll be greeted by incredible interactive exhibitions, giant tanks laden with all kinds of weird and wonderful sea creatures and informative displays, which give you all the information you could possibly need about your favourite underwater residents.

Planning your visit

The aquarium boasts different zones, including the Antarctic Ice Adventure, Scott’s Hut, Southern Oceans Discovery, Shipwreck Shores, Turtle Bay and the infamous Shark Tunnel. The Antarctic Ice Adventure is home to the only colony of Sub-Arctic penguins in New Zealand, and it’s always a highlight for adults and children alike. This super cool display gives you unrivalled access to these wonderful creatures. As you move to Scott’s Hut, you can learn all about Captain Scott’s intrepid Antarctic adventures and take a closer look at his living quarters and the equipment he used to negotiate the unpredictable terrain and adverse weather conditions on his voyage of discovery. Southern Oceans Discovery celebrates the diversity of species living in the Southern Ocean and Shipwreck Shores is a fun, under-the-sea themed play area with access to soft play and a splash table for younger children.

Animal lovers will enjoy Turtle Bay, the only turtle rehabilitation centre in New Zealand. You can meet rescued turtles and learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts. You can also admire the views of the Hauraki Gulf. If you’re feeling brave, it’s time to make your way to the famous Shark Tunnel. As you walk through the Perspex tunnel, keep your eyes peeled for Sandtiger, Broadnose Sevengill sharks and the elusive Wobbegong shark, which tends to hide among the rocks. Finally, in the Shipwreck Discovery area, you’ll find out about Kelly Tarlton, a treasure hunter who wanted to make the wonders of the ocean accessible to all. Tarlton was the first to build a shark tunnel, a feature, which has been replicated all over the world.